Accidents such as slips, trips and falls can happen at any place or any time. In this article, Accident Advice Helpline looks at three potential sources of accidents in a supermarket.
- Slipping, tripping and falling – The above mentioned example is one of the most common sources of accident claims in the supermarket. Often, slippery floors are the culprit which can lead to shoppers falling over and injuring themselves. It’s important that any potentially slippery floors in the supermarket are clearly marked with a wet-floor sign and that a strict cleaning rota is maintained in order to reduce the chances of a slip, trip or fall. Areas around large, chest freezers are a particularly common source of slippery floors due to the evaporating water molecules from the door being constantly opened and closed.
- Shelves/items falling on customers – In most modern supermarkets, shelves are stacked in such a way as to be reasonably accessible. This means that the average customer doesn’t have to over exert themselves when trying to reach an item. However, shelving and items can sometimes still be stacked too high and if they collapse, they can cause a serious injury.
- Food poisoning – The major reason anyone ventures to the supermarket is to obtain groceries. We need to put food on our family’s plates and the supermarket is a convenient place to find everything under one roof, often at a cheap price. Although the HSE maintains rigorous health and safety checks for any premises that sell food, it’s almost impossible to catch every single offence of out-of-date food being sold, or food from a deli counter that hasn’t been handled properly. Food poisoning is a major concern for any supermarket.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we publish these handy guides to help you avoid injuries and accidents, however no one understands better than us that accidents can still happen no matter how careful you are. If you’ve been injured in the supermarket within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact us today for more information on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly and professional advisers. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win, no-fee* basis and you are under no obligation to proceed with any claim that may be discussed.
Date Published: March 5, 2014
Author: David Brown