Whatever supermarket is your local one, there are always potential hazards lurking around the corner waiting to trip you up or cause you a slip injury. But, the question is, are supermarkets safer in the day or night?
What potential slip, trips or falls are there in supermarkets in the day time?
The most common slip, trip or fall hazard in the day are other shoppers. During peak times, supermarkets can be manic and with everyone focused on their own shopping list they don’t always look where they are going, which can often lead to a slip, trip or fall. Also in the day time, due to the staff being occupied with shoppers, they are not always alert to new spillages which can easily cause a slip injury if not cleared up straight away.
As well as this, you have more cars in the car park which can cause not only congestion and road rage but injuries that could be a lot worse than a simple slip, trip or fall.
What slips, trips or falls could be caused in the night time?
At night, on average, there are usually less people around so you don’t need to worry so much about them bumping into you. However, at night, if the supermarkets lighting is poor then shoppers can miss spillages or items on the floor thus leading to a potentially nasty slip, trip or fall claim.
As well as this, the night time is often used by staff to stock the shelves ready for the next day. This means that there are often a lot more boxes in the aisles waiting for someone to sustain a trip injury from one.
Darkness also makes it more dangerous for pedestrians in the car park. Unless the area is well lit, cars may not easily see shoppers walking across the road which could cause more damage than a simple fall injury.
In conclusion, the supermarket is often safer in the day time. There may be a lot of shoppers around which could cause a trip injury but areas are well lit and visibility in the shop and car park are a lot better.
But, if you do have a slip, trip or fall whether in supermarket or anywhere else that wasn’t your fault, speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a claim.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown