A trip to the garden centre is something we all like to do at weekends or a Bank Holiday, but as an employee, there is always the danger that you could experience a slip, trip, fall or other garden centre accidents.
Whatever the cause of your work accident, if you weren’t responsible for it, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Potential garden centre accidents
For most people, the garden centre is an idyllic, quiet and relaxing place to work. But don’t be fooled by what is on the surface because there are various hidden dangers and threats that can cause work accidents.
Here are just five different causes of work injuries which employees of garden centres should be aware of:
- Tripping on loose objects lying on the floor. Pot plants may be small but they can easily cause an accident when left in places they shouldn’t be and the same can be said for tools like rakes, spades and forks.
- Repetitive strain injuries caused by handling and lifting heavy equipment. If you are not shown how to lift properly, you can be putting yourself at great risk.
- Wet surfaces can lead to slips, trips and falls and somewhere like a garden centre will always have hose pipes and taps pouring water onto already slippery surfaces.
- Although most people won’t need to use them at home, garden centres will often use large, heavy duty machinery, which if not controlled properly can cause accidents at work.
- Due to their size many garden centres will use vehicles such as tractors to move objects around. If you are not paying attention it is possible to be involved in a vehicle collision, so workers need to be aware of what is around them at all times.
If you have experienced one of the many potential garden centre accidents, which has led to you suffering a work-related illness or injury, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 15 years’ experience assisting victims of occupational illness and injury in retrieving the compensation they are entitled to. Our friendly, professional advisers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience, and can be reached via Freephone number 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice