How to Avoid Workplace Injuries During the Holidays

Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer, slip and fall lawyerWe are now about to end our first week of December, and we are starting to get more stressed out about the holidays. During the holiday season, more temporary and seasonal employees are hired in the retail industry. Many businesses flourish during this period of time since most people wait until the last minute to get their shopping done. When working in retail during this busy time, it is best to familiarize yourself with safety rules in the workplace, so you can avoid getting involved in a potentially serious accident at work.

Best Ways for Employers to Enforce Safety Rules in the Workplace

In retail, particularly, employees are expected to implement strict rules on safety for employees. Some very simple ways that employers can enforce safety precautions include on-the-job training on the first day, clear and concise safety policies, and a safe environment. Employees who are working temporarily should feel comfortable enough approaching their managers and supervisors with any questions or concerns.

Fire Hazards and How They Can Affect the Workplace

Every year, over 400 employees are killed and over 1,600 injured due to fire-related incidents in the workplace. Employers and their employees can take the following steps to prevent workplace fires and to avoid injury and death:

  • Inspect all holiday lights, electric decorations, smoke detectors, and fire safety equipment thoroughly;
  • Follow all guidelines made by the manufacturer;
  • Use lights and electric decorations properly;
  • When closing the office or store, make sure all electric decorations and holiday lights are turned off;
  • Keep all hallways, passages, and exits easily accessible in the event of a fire or other catastrophe;
  • If there are trees that are not artificial, make sure they get plenty of water and remove dry limbs and brown needles;
  • Spray these trees with fire retardant before use;
  • Do not place any trees or decorations by fireplaces, candles, or other heat source; and
  • Some holiday decorations have plants that should be kept away from small children, as they can be poisonous.

Contact an Orland Park Workplace Injury Lawyer

Being involved in a workplace accident just before the holidays can bring out major changes in the holiday cheer and celebration, and there are ways to avoid such accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in the workplace, James A. Payonk, Jr., P.C. can efficiently assist you with your case. For a free consultation, please call an Orland Park workplace accident attorney at 708-633-6005 for skilled legal representation.


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