You would think that something as simple and apparently mundane as the weekly supermarket shop is exactly the sort of task that can be completed on autopilot. However, you’d be wrong.
Supermarket accidents – slips, trips and falls
Failure to pay attention to your surroundings can quickly lead to a slip or fall occurring. Whether it’s a slip on a spillage, a trip over a stray box or a stumble over an out of control trolley, the threats to public safety in a supermarket are both many and varied. Here are the key things to keep an eye on.
- Produce misters: A long-used technique elsewhere in the world, an increasing number of supermarkets in the United Kingdom are now using these machines to spray their fresh produce at regular intervals. Misting machines that use reservoir tanks can breed harmful bacteria and cause nasty personal illnesses. However, you should be fine providing you do not inhale the droplets so steer clear when they are spraying.
- Chemical cleaning aisle: The gases given off in this area can cause reactions, such as coughing and wheezing, in some people. This distraction can easily lead to a trip or fall accident occurring.
- Cracked eggs: Any decent supermarket checkout employee should check your eggs for cracks before continuing with the transaction but it is always better to be safe than sorry. Even the smallest cracks can lead to harmful germs infesting the egg. Once you have got your eggs safely home, be sure to wash hands, utensils and the surfaces thoroughly with hot soapy water both before and after contact with the egg.
Supermarket accidents – who is responsible?
Under Public Liability Law, supermarket management has a responsibility towards the safety of their customers. This means that all potential hazards and threats to safety are either eliminated altogether or are minimised as far as is reasonably practicable.
Another area of responsibility is training staff to ensure hazards are dealt with quickly. For example, spillages should be cordoned off and cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent slip accidents from occurring.
If these responsibilities are not met and you suffer personal injuries as a result, you may well be due some public accident compensation. Our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline, who come recommended by Esther Rantzen, can establish the strength of your claim before taking it on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice