For something as simple and routine as the weekly or fortnightly trip to the supermarket, the number of potential public accidents that can occur and the threats to public safety that are present may come as something of a surprise.
Are slips, trips and falls the most common type of supermarket accidents?
The short answer is yes, they are. Whether it’s spillages in the aisle, stray boxes or products getting in the way or trolleys wreaking havoc, the potential causes of a trip or fall in a supermarket are many and varied.
That is not to say that other hazards are not equally serious and do not cause substantially painful personal injuries. Far from it. In fact, falling objects in a supermarket can be even more dangerous than slips and falls. Here are five of the worst offenders.
- Drinks: It stands to reason that, when it comes to injuries from falling objects, the greater the weight, the greater the extent of the injuries. Crates of cans or large bottles of squash and pop are just about the heaviest things you can find in a supermarket and one falling on you can cause serious personal injuries. They can also smash open, leading to slips on spillages if the accident is not dealt with quickly enough.
- Chemical products: Whilst the initial impact may be minimal, should toilet cleaners etc burst open upon contact, then serious problems can occur. The stronger chemicals can cause severe problems when they come into contact with bare skin and that’s before you even consider the dangers of it getting into the eyes.
- Frozen goods: These are often packed into boxes with sharp corners that can cause significant damage in the event of a falling object accident.
- Tinned goods: Similarly to drinks, these items can be heavy and can easily cause injuries both on impact and later on should they spill open.
- Aisle signs: If these have not been fastened securely, then a falling object accident involving often heavy signs becomes a distinct, and worrying, possibility.
What can I do if I am injured in an accident at the supermarket?
Providing the accident was demonstrably the fault of someone else and caused injuries that required medical attention, then you may be due public accident compensation. Our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in processing such claims.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice