Having worked in all areas of personal injury compensation for many years, we at Accident Advice Helpline have gained a unique and expert insight into all types of accidents at work. In this article, we take a look at five potential accident claims for a check worker.
- RSI: Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive Strain Injury, commonly known as RSI, is one of the most often reported types of work-related injury. RSI occurs when excessive strain is placed on the same muscle groups over an extended period of time. It is usually associated with jobs that require repetitive tasks on a daily basis, such as scanning items at a checkout.
- Back, neck and shoulder Injuries
Some checkout workers are lucky enough to have a chair at their checkout, at least slightly reducing the chances of a back, neck or shoulder injury. Others aren’t so lucky and must stand for extended periods without a break. This increases the chance of an injury. Those who do have the luxury of a chair at their workstation should ensure that is ergonomic and correctly adjusted for good posture in accordance with health and safety.
- Slips, trips and falls
Slipping, tripping or falling is an ever-present danger in the workplace and, along with RSI’s, is among the most common types of work-related accidents. Let’s say, for example, a customer has dropped an item on the ground such as a carton of milk which then creates a dangerous spillage. The checkout worker, unaware, leaves their workstation to go on a short break and slips on the milk causing a serious injury.
Stress is an all too common phenomenon in the workplace and you should take proactive steps to reduce stress in the workplace. Working at the checkout often means interacting with difficult customers, perhaps even aggressive and can lead to a serious buildup of stress.
Unfortunately, checkout workers are the most likely members of staff to be confronted in the event of a robbery. A would-be burglar makes straight for the checkout to get to the cash and the poor checkout worker is threatened with a weapon such as a knife or gun. This can be severely traumatising for the checkout worker and potentially lead to a claim for compensation
Checkout workers: Accident Advice Helpline are here to help!
If you work at a checkout and have been injured at work within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice