May 15

Risks of Hiring Temporary Workers

Summer is right around the corner. Colleges and high schools are wrapping up their semesters and letting loose many students who will be looking for summer jobs.

Many local businesses will take on these students as summer help to get an extra set of hands on the job site. This is a great way to help out neighborhood kids who need to make some money and to keep your jobs on schedule, but there are risks involved with hiring summer help; most of which stem from their inexperience with the job.

Every type of artisan project has plenty of elements of danger for a seasoned pro, but throw an inexperienced worker in the mix and the risks are exacerbated.

However, if you keep in mind that they are inexperienced and give them guidance, the risks can be significantly lessened. Take the time to teach your summer help about these safety tips:

Dress Appropriately for the Task At Hand
While working, one should always wear clothing that is bright and of a highly-visible color. There are preventative fashion measures that can be taken: long pants, closed-toed shoes, gloves, and ear and eye protection are essential to preventing flying debris or tools from causing injury. It’s also important to avoid wearing any jewelry or loose clothing that could get caught in any tools they may be using.

Respect the Power of Power Tools
The tools used to perform projects (saws, drills, nail guns, etc.) can result in serious personal injury if operated incorrectly. Before using a power tool for the first time, it’s important to read the safety manual first. Doing so will tell a user not only how to effectively operate the equipment, but what to do if it malfunctions as well.

Use Caution While Making Repairs
Jams in a power tool can happen sometimes, and that’s fine. Prior to fixing such problems, always make sure that the power supply is turned off and that every blade is motionless. All too often, contractors undergo impromptu amputations resulting from contact with spinning blades in their tools.

Educating your summer help on the appropriate use of tools and the safest clothing to wear is a simple way to reduce the risk exposure of your staff and will certainly lower the chances of a claim being made.

However, artisan contractor business owners should not take any chances. Accidents happen; and in the event that they occur, any owner should be sure they have the coverage they need to protect their business.

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