During the holiday season, many employees find themselves working overtime and trying to manage the holiday rush, especially those who work in retail. In some cases, individuals may not only feel the strain from the amount of work they are putting in, but they may also worry about their safety in some cases. Unfortunately, employees are still at risk of suffering injuries and needing workers’ compensation during the holidays.

California retail employees likely understand how stressful this season can be. They may face large crowds coming in for holiday sales and have to contend with rude customers on a more frequent basis. Of course, safety should always be a top priority, so employers should plan for large crowds by having more staff members on hand and extra security if necessary, having someone in charge of making important decisions, and preparing workers for the risk of violent acts from customers, crowd crushing or otherwise being injured by a crowd.

Though no one wants an accident to occur, the chance does exist. As a result, someone needs to be in charge of contacting emergency personnel if injuries occur. Employers may also want to tell their employees to listen to the instructions of first responders in the event of an emergency rather than reverting to company policies.

The holiday season can be joyous, but for overworked employees, it can be a hassle. Add suffering a workplace injury on top of other stress, and California workers may feel out of sorts. If workers do suffer injuries while on the job, they may want to look into their workers’ compensation options for possible benefits.