The holiday season is upon us, and every year, increasing numbers of people order their gifts online. This can mean a huge boon for shipping businesses such as UPS and FedEx, as well as businesses that sell online, like Amazon. This rush of online shopping means that help is needed more than ever in warehouses, shipping companies, and other online retailers. Both FedEx and UPS announced big hiring plans for the Christmas season.
While all the shopping is great for our economy, it does mean a larger potential for injuries to seasonal workers. Customers expect their packages to arrive shortly after placing the order, which can put a big stress on warehouse employees as well as drivers. Drivers are normally on a tight schedule, and may end up driving fatigued or while they are distracted. One investigative report in California found that drivers for a delivery company racked up hundreds of violations over a period of two years, many of which involve speeding or texting and driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as other federal and state agencies, strongly encourage delivery businesses to take the correct measures to reduce the potential for deadly accidents during the holiday season. Specifically, they recommend that delivery companies provide specific safety precautions in their training programs to employees, especially during the holidays.
If you are a seasonal employee who has been injured on the job, or you have been injured by a seasonal employee while on the roads, you should speak with a personal injury attorney. If you are in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit us on Twitter to learn more about the firm.