The holiday period is meant to be one of celebration. However, it can also be a time of stress in both personal and professional environments as people rush to get everything sorted before the holiday shutdown. For many businesses, this is the busiest time of year. The retail industry in particular is a prime example, with the Australian Retailers Association predicting people to spend almost $50 billion between November 14 and December 24.
As workers become more tired and stressed, it’s easy for workplace injuries to occur, which can leave people relying on TPD claims to retain a comfortable standard of living. If you’ve been injured during this busy period, or at any other time, it’s important to seek expert advice to ensure you receive fair compensation.
Busy companies and new staff make it a dangerous time of year
SafeWork NSW investigated what the busy period before Christmas means for companies and their employees. According to the organisation, one of the most significant challenges is the rapidly growing workforce caused by casual employees taking temporary contracts over Christmas.
Acting Executive Director of SafeWork NSW Tony Williams noted that these challenges impact some industries more than others, but urges all workers and leaders to remain vigilant during a tough time of year.
“The lead-up to Christmas is the most demanding period of the year for many workers, particularly those in the hospitality, transport, retail and construction industries,” he began. “Pressure to meet deadlines can make it tempting to cut corners but all too often can often this leads to tragedy.”
Despite the organisation’s warnings, two workers were injured in the week leading up to Christmas, revealing how easy it is for things to go wrong as the pressure of incoming deadlines increases. Both incidents involved people completing apprenticeships in trade-based roles.
Mr Williams notes that younger workers are particularly susceptible to workplace accidents, accounting for 16 per cent of all injuries sustained across NSW in the 2013/14 period. He stated that this is particularly important to keep in mind at this time of year, when a number of school leavers join the workforce for the first time, keen to impress older colleagues and their managers.
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident and are now experiencing financial difficulties, it’s important to reach out to a specialist lawyer who knows how to help. Get in touch with Gerard Malouf and Partners for a free consultation today.