Human Resources, Maintenance and Operations, Safety, Training

OSHA Offers Workplace Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

To make sure this holiday season is truly joyful, the U.S. Department of Labor reminds employers and workers not to overlook workplace safety and health.

For a sad reminder of how an on-the-job tragedy can leave families, friends, and co-workers grief-stricken, look no further than Akron, Ohio, where a 25-year-old worker—hanging holiday lights on a backyard tree—suffered severe electrical shock injuries and later died after the fiberglass extension pole he used on Nov. 7, 2023, made contact with a high-voltage power line.

The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers resources to help keep workers safe year-round and as they carry out an array of holiday-related jobs—from working with lighted decorations to serving customers in packed retail stores, and from making rush deliveries to picking and packing orders in warehouses.

“The holiday season is a time for celebration and reflection for many, but they are also occasions when employees face safety hazards found atop ladders or roofs putting decorations in place, in busy warehouses and retail stores meeting heightened customer demands, and working outdoors as winter approaches,” explained OSHA Regional Administrator Bill Donovan in Chicago. “To make the holidays happy for all, employers must stress workplace safety and health and train employees to prevent serious and fatal injuries.” 

To assist employers and workers, OSHA has a dedicated holiday workplace safety website, as well as information about special restrictions for young workers. OSHA’s stop falls website also offers safety information to teach workers about fall hazards and proper safety procedures.

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