Supermarket warehouses can pose many potential slip, trip or fall hazards. The environment is not a place for the public which means that sometimes companies will overlook potential fall hazards as they are more focused on the supermarkets. Here are 5 things which can cause a supermarket warehouse injury:
- Ladders – a trip accident waiting to happen
Supermarket warehouses are not only big but their shelves often rise up quite high which means that ladders are often needed to retrieve stock down. Ladders if not stored carefully can cause a nasty trip injury.
Most stock will be stored in crates, trolleys, boxes or metal cages. If these are not sorted when they are first brought in these can quite easily cause a slip, trip or fall especially if the warehouse isn’t lit properly.
- Forklift truck or pallet mover
Due to the amount of stock that often needs moving around the warehouse and due to the weight of the items it is likely you will have either a fork lift or a pallet mover. These pose many fall hazards including not seeing one reversing and standing in its path to simply sustaining a trip injury over one of the prongs on the vehicle.
When opening boxes or crates there is often a lot of plastic wrap or tape lying about; such material should be carefully disposed of in the bin as they can easily cause a slip, trip or fall injury as an employee could get the packaging tangled round their legs whilst walking around the warehouse.
- Uneven floor
The majority of warehouse flooring is usually concrete or simple flooring. Sometimes it has a non slip coating in case of spillages to help prevent slip injuries. However, if the flooring is damaged and uneven this could easily cause a fall injury if an employee did not notice the uneven surface when carrying boxes.
There are many more potential hazards which an employee could slip, trip or fall over in a warehouse. If you have had a trip accident in the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out how much your potential slip, trip or fall claim could be worth.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice