How to Minimize Risk When Hiring Summer Help
Construction: Safety in the Workplace
The sun’s out. The snow is gone. And construction projects are back in full swing. Not only that, but the industry as a whole is continuing its current uptick. With an increase in projects, however, comes a new demand for workers.
Some companies are filling this void by hiring students for summer jobs. Students are always searching for work and are certainly an economically viable option. However, minors between the ages of 15 and 17 are seven times more likely to be fatally injured than their peers, according to the Department of Labor (DOL). On top of that, 40 percent of all work-related injuries come from employees who have been on the job for less than one year.
The correlation is clear: lack of experience in a higher-risk work environment often leads to more injuries–and greater costs to the employer than anticipated.
This topic is very hot in the construction industry right now, and I’ve been fortunate to write for several key publications on the various risks associated with hiring summer help. Check out the DOL guidelines, as well as some of my tips for minimizing risk and losses on the jobsite:
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