Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Holiday Stress Increases Risk for Workplace AccidentsDecember 1, 2015
The holidays are supposed to be a time for generosity, celebration and family togetherness. But the extra responsibilities and expectations of the holidays can leave many people feeling anything but merry. Experts say that more people become depressed or anxious during the holidays than any other time of the year. Financial worries, family troubles and feeling overwhelmed by social and household responsibilities are some of the main factors that can lead to the holiday blues.
Additionally, there are a number of work-related pressures to contend with, including holiday-shortened deadlines, end-of-year business demands and frenzied customers. All of these pressures combined can lead to fatigue and stress-related problems such as anxiety, short temper, depression and distraction. Some of these symptoms can cause an increased risk of workplace accidents or injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of work-related injuries and deaths. The number of traffic accidents tends to rise during the holiday season – mostly due to the increased number of cars on the road. But there are other factors as well. Studies show that holiday stress can cause drivers to become more aggressive on the roadway. Distracted driving is another major cause of accidents. Drivers who are more focused on their holiday shopping than on the road in front of them or are distracted by calls from home create an added risk to those who have to drive for their job.
Fatigue brought on by hectic schedules and holiday parties can create many problems at work, especially for those operating heavy equipment. Construction workers, forklift drivers and machine operators must remain alert or risk serious injury to themselves and others.
The holiday shopping frenzy is another cause for concern. Delivery drivers, warehouse workers and people who work stocking shelves do a lot of heavy lifting and bending, putting them at risk of suffering back injuries and knee injuries from the added workload during the holiday season.
Retail Worker Injuries
Occasionally, it is not the worker’s stress load, but rather a stressed customer that creates a risk. Aggressive sales combined with crazed shoppers can make the retail environment dangerous for employees. Tragically, many workers have been injured and some have even been killed by violent shoppers in fights, robberies and stampedes. Retailers can help to minimize the risk to workers by providing extra training, adopting crowd management plans and employing extra security during big sale events.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight For Those Injured in a Workplace Accident
The holidays are stressful enough without having to deal with a work-related injury or illness. If you have been hurt on the job, Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton can help to ease your financial burden by making sure that you receive all of the Workers’ Compensation benefits you are entitled to. Call 844-556-4LAW (4529) today to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced and highly skilled Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers. A qualified member of our legal team is available to take your call 24 hours a day or you can contact us online.