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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Common hazards of the retail industry


    You might not think that working in retail is hardly one of the most dangerous jobs around, and you’d be right. Whether you’re employed as a visual merchandiser, store assistant or retail manager, there are some common hazards of the retail industry which could lead to an accident in the workplace. Proper health and safety procedures at work can help reduce the risk of accidents happening in a retail environment, but if you have been injured and you feel your employer could have done more to prevent your accident from happening, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.

    Common accidents in retail stores

    So what are some of the common hazards of the retail industry? Here are just a few examples of the types of things which could lead to an accident:

    • Leaving stock or other objects lying around – this could lead to a trip or fall
    • Failing to check equipment such as a ladder or stepladder to ensure it’s safe
    • Objects falling from shelves or rails in the stock room and hitting somebody
    • Wet floors which could be a slipping hazard
    • Electric shock from faulty cleaning equipment such as a vacuum cleaner
    • Faulty hanging rails or display items which could cause lacerations or facial injuries

    You could suffer injuries after a slip, trip or fall, be hurt by objects falling from height or even suffer an electric shock from faulty equipment or goods in a store. It’s up to retail management to ensure that their store is a safe place for employees to work, and if you’ve been injured, making a claim for compensation against your employer is an option.

    Making a claim – will you lose your job?

    Many people don’t make a personal injury claim because they’re worried about losing their job. Whether you have suffered minor or serious injuries after an accident at work, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim. You don’t need to worry about losing your job, as your employer will have liability insurance in place, which will pay out in the event your claim is successful. Common hazards of the retail industry don’t have to lead to an accident – hazards can be managed and the risk of accidents reduced if management are serious about health and safety.

    If you want to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim, give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 today. It’s free to call and you can get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert advisors, no matter how you have been injured.

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    Date Published: May 30, 2016

    Author: Paula Beaton

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