According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 2.3 million workers between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age are hired for
summer employment. On average, one of these summer employees will be injured on the job every five seconds. Most of these work related injuries are both needless and costly to the employer. The three main causes for the majority of these injuries are due to inexperience, lack of training and inadequate supervision. There are a number of proactive steps that employers can take to limit their exposure and reduce their liability.
Steps to Take Beforehand. Business owners would be wise to develop safe working practices for summer help. Here are some simple but practical steps you can employ to reduce your costs from job related injuries this summer:
- Ask yourself what hazards the summer worker will be exposed to, including any pertinent risks outside the immediate working area.
- Consider carefully the personnel who are to be involved in the training process and ensure they are well versed in the training procedures.
- Always try to assign an experienced worker as a supervisor and ensure they keep a watchful eye on the summer worker over the first several days.
- Make sure that any equipment to be used is examined and operational beforehand. Ensure that all legally required equipment safety guards are in place.
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