Seasonal Worker SafetyNovember 27, 2019
Many people consider a second job during the holiday season to earn extra money to spend on gifts or holiday travel. Others who are unemployed may see seasonal employment as a quick fix to their situation. Either way, seasonal employees are entitled to Workers’ Compensation under Pennsylvania law, just like other permanent employees.
Seasonal employees should be aware of their entitlement to Workers’ Compensation since they are more likely to experience an accident or work injury. This is largely due to the fact that there is insufficient training time for seasonal employees, making them more prone to accidents or mistakes that could contribute to injuries. Additionally, seasonal employees are not as familiar with their workstations. They may be more apt to have a misstep on the job, which causes them to fall. Often, seasonal workers may try to maintain a speed, which is unrealistic for a new employee.
Seasonal Workers Should Request Adequate Training
When applying for seasonal work, employees should ask about the nature and time put into seasonal employee training. If most of the training is on the job, this may be a red flag indicating that the training is next to nonexistent. Depending on the nature of the job, the employee may have concerns. For example, if the main part of the job is working the register and the prospective employee is good with numbers or has worked with a similar register before, there may not be much to learn.
However, if the nature of the job involves heavy machinery the seasonal employee is not familiar with, such as using saws and axes to cut Christmas trees, then more training may be required. If the employee is not satisfied with the amount of training, they should request additional training before working independently.
Employers benefit from further training since seasonal employees who are hurt on the job are entitled to lost wages under Workers’ Compensation. If the employee had two jobs at the time of the accident and can no longer work at either job due to a work injury, they could be entitled to lost wages from both jobs, not just from the seasonal job where they sustained the injury. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer can help you understand your rights.
Media Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Advocate for Seasonal Workers
If you were injured while working at a temporary or seasonal job, the Media Workers’ Compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello can help. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester. Contact us online or call us at 610-892-4940 for a free consultation today.