Whether you work as a retail assistant or a store manager, there is the potential you could be involved in an accident in a shop. That’s not to say that shops are particularly dangerous working environments, just that there are plenty of hazards which could cause an accident, particularly if your employer is negligent when it comes to health and safety.
From slips, trips and falls to manual handling injuries, an accident in a shop could mean time off work and could also leave you struggling financially. Let us lift the burden by helping you make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has worked with hundreds of shop workers at all levels to assist them in making a successful personal injury claim – we’ve been in business since 2000 so we have 15 years’ industry experience.
Hazards for retail workers
The hazards you’ll find at work will obviously vary depending on the type of shop you work in – for example, a shop selling tools could have more potential hazards than a shoe shop. Amongst the most common types of injury amongst shop workers are manual handling injuries, which usually happen because employers have failed to provide workers with proper manual handling training.
You could be injured whilst lifting heavy or awkward boxes, or whilst climbing shelves to reach stock – you could over-extend yourself and strain or sprain muscles or even fall from height off a step ladder in the stock room. Other injuries which could be sustained after an accident in a shop include:
- Strains, sprains, bruises and broken bones after a slip, trip or fall
- Burns/scalds from spilling hot liquid
- Electrocuted by faulty equipment
- Cuts from sharp objects such as safety pins, broken clothes hangers etc.
- Repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dermatitis or skin conditions from using harsh cleaning products
Should you make a claim for compensation?
Nobody can decide whether to make a claim but you – only you know the circumstances surrounding your accident. If you feel your employer could have done more to prevent an accident from occurring – for example, could they have provided you with protective gloves when using cleaning products, then you could make a claim for compensation.
Trust Accident Advice Helpline to handle your claim professionally and efficiently – our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis and it is free to call our helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: August 9, 2015
Author: Rob Steen