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Summer safety tips for seasonal workers

April 15, 2019
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Colorado’s low unemployment rate, which has prompted a labor shortage across many industries, could spark robust seasonal hiring this summer. Students and people returning to the workforce following a break often fill these positions.

Studies have found these temporary workers face greater risk of injury than non-temps. Whether you hire part-time lifeguards or landscapers directly or your use a temp agency, it is your responsibility to keep these workers as safe as your full-time employees.

Employers must offer site-specific training and inform workers of dangers specific to the industry, such as Lyme disease (a rare but rising risk) and water safety. Use these additional tips to ensure a safe and successful summer for both sides:

  • Assign seasonal hires a mentor to answer questions about safety.
  • Train them to properly use chain saws, motorized vehicles and other equipment.
  • Identify machinery they should not operate.
  • Promote the benefits of sunscreen and proper hydration for employees working outside.
  • Include seasonal employees in company-wide meetings to keep them abreast of important developments and updates.
  • Keep their job duties consistent from day to day.
  • If you employ people under age 18, get to know the jobs and tools they are legally not allowed to perform or use and provide supervision at all times.
  • Consult J.J. Keller’s resources for solutions tailored to specific industries.

Questions? Contact us at safetyoncall@pinnacol.com.


Pinnacol Assurance assumes no responsibility for management or control of customer safety activities. Please ensure your business meets the requirements of all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances related to workplace safety.

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