Retail workers in Georgia, including both permanent and temporary ones, are often the busiest during the holiday season. OSHA is reminding company owners to protect retail workers' safety and pay during the annual holiday rush. After all, this is the time of year when customer traffic typically increases, which can boost the potential for work-related injuries. Part-time workers may also have issues with receiving proper compensation, especially from retailers not accustomed to routinely hiring seasonal workers.
The purpose of the guidelines enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to keep workers in Georgia and other parts of the nation as safe as possible. During an annual National Safety Council Congress event, OSHA officials revealed their 2018 list of the most common workplace violations. The majority of issues that warranted citations involved fall hazards and failure to provide sufficient safety-related training.
Georgia residents who work at Amazon warehouses are probably familiar with the string of allegations that have been made against the online retail giant. In April 2018, a 43-year-old former employee at a warehouse in Florida filed a lawsuit alleging that he was fired after suffering a back injury on the job. The firing purportedly took place before Amazon Human Resources could authorize a doctor visit.
Georgia employers should make sure to educate their employees about the basic safety rules for handling hazardous materials in the workplace. Employees could be informed about the rules during a regularly scheduled safety meeting at work. Furthermore, workers may be encouraged to offer additional safety rules for managing hazardous materials.
In Georgia, on-the-job injuries and fatalities are all too common and show no sign of decreasing. To promote greater safety, the 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries has released data on the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The results show that some industries are more hazardous than expected.
In Georgia and across the U.S., workplace accidents cost employers and insurers hundreds of billions of dollars each year in workers compensation benefits. Worldwide, workplace accidents lead to more than 1,000 deaths every day and over 500 injuries every minute. Wearable technology from MākuSafe, an insurtech SaaS startup in Des Moines, could be just what employers need to help reduce accidents in their workplace.
Workplace injuries are all too common across Georgia, and their number only increases when employers turn the other way and choose not to address worker safety. However, employers do harm both to their employees and to themselves when they ignore the issue: there is an increase in workers' compensation costs and medical expenses and a decrease in employee morale, employee retention and business productivity. The company's branding will ultimately suffer as well.
For many workers in Georgia, the danger of workplace accidents and injuries can pose fears for the future. This is especially true in industries like construction, where workers daily engage in heavy physical labor on buildings and other structures in progress, using extensive and elaborate machinery. Trenches and excavations can pose particular concerns for workplace safety as underground depressions and cavities pose a risk for cave-ins, collapses, falls or equipment or load accidents.