The Holiday season is a joyous time. Family get-togethers, seeing old friends, and spending time with the ones you love can be very relaxing and enjoyable. The Holiday Season also aligns with “the Shopping Season”. This fact means that retail workers have to work longer hours in busier stores and could put themselves at risk for suffering a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation injury.
Retail workers can have a difficult time no matter the time of the year. There is no question though that Black Friday, Christmas Shopping, and After-Christmas sales can put more stress on these types of positions. Increased shoppers leads to more crowded stores which can lead to a higher chance of slip and fall or trip and fall injuries. Additionally, increased work can lead to more motion and longer periods of standing which can lead to repetitive motion injuries. Lastly, contributing to increased injury rates is the potential for slip and falls outside of the shopping centers as a result of snow and ice build up.
While you’re enjoying the Holiday Season, keep in mind that many people are working and please be careful as you travel and shop. If you’ve suffered a work injury while working in retail in Pennsylvania, reach out to the experienced team at Schmidt Kramer sooner rather than later to get a free consultation and free advice on your case.