Encountering Animals
Working outside in the spring months may mean working alongside insects and animals that could pose a threat to workers. OSHA offers the following tips for avoiding such injuries when working outdoors.

Insects, spiders and ticks

  • Wear long pants, socks and long-sleeved shirts to protect against stinging and biting insects.
  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET or Picaridin.
  • Treat bites and stings using over-the-counter products that relive pain and reduce the risk of infection.
  • Avoid fire ants. Severe reactions to their bites can cause chest pain, nausea, loss of breath, slurred speech or swelling that requires immediate medical attention.

Rodents and animals

  • Both dead and live animals can spread diseases such as rat bite fever and rabies.
  • Always avoid contact with rats and other wild or stray animals. If you cannot avoid contact, wear protective gloves and wash your hands frequently.
  • Dispose of dead animals as soon as possible.
  • If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, seek medical attention immediately.


  • When moving debris, avoid placing your hands underneath objects whenever possible.
  • Wear heavy gloves.
  • Watch for snakes sunning on fallen tree limbs or other debris.
  • If you see a moving snake, step back and allow it to pass. A snake’s striking distance is about one-half of the total length of the snake.
  • Wear boots that are at least 10 inches high.
  • If bitten, note the color and shape of the snake’s head to help with treatment.
  • Keep bite victims calm and still to slow the spread of venom. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Commonly Asked Questions




Does it cost me anything to use Working Solutions services?

No.  We do not charge the applicant/employee to use our services.


How do I get paid?

A timesheet will be turned in to Working Solutions by your supervisor.  They are due no later than noon on Monday following the work week.  Working Solutions standard work week is Sunday-Saturday.


When will I get paid?

You will work one week and get paid the following Friday.  We are paperless, so your funds will be direct deposited in to your bank account or Global Cash Card account.


How do I contact Global Cash Card?

You can contact Global Cash Card to activate your card at 1-866-929-8096.

If you have any questions or issues regarding your Global Cash Card, the customer service telephone number is 1-949-751-0360

You can also visit their website at www.globalcashcard.com


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If you have questions about your Essential Staff Care coverage, ID Card, claim status, policy booklets, and to cancel or change coverage:

Essential Staff Care customer service call center hours are M-F 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST


You have 30 days from your date of hire to make any changes to your coverage.  You can cancel at anytime.


If none of these answer a question you may have, please feel free to call our office in Meridian at 601-483-9111 or our office in Ridgeland at 601-856-9200.