Department store injuries do not happen often but when they do it can be very frustrating, especially if your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. No one expects a shopping trip to end up with a trip to hospital.
Possible department store injuries
Falls and trips can lead to broken bones, lacerations and even head injuries. In department stores if packaging is left on the floor or if displays are unsecured or not properly checked they can lead to people falling over or being tripped up by loose objects. Making sure displays are secured is important for the safety of visitors to the store. Mannequins and materials such as metal or wood being used to create the display can be dangerous if they are not fixed in place. If these materials fall or swing out into the walkways they can easily hurt someone nearby.
Staff at department stores can also be involved in accidents. The management of the store needs to ensure that all workers are given proper training, especially for physical jobs such as moving heavy loads. Carrying and moving loads in the incorrect way can lead to serious injuries, from strains and muscle injuries to falls from unexpectedly heavy items that could cause more serious mobility issues. All heavy loads should be labelled properly with the weight and moved using safe methods.
Department store health and safety
Department store managers should be aware of the possible injuries and accidents that can occur in their store. They need to ensure that all staff have proper training for the duties they are expected to carry out and that regular checks are undertaken to make sure everything is safe for visiting customers. Maintenance of the store itself is important in preventing injuries from deteriorating floors, lifts, stairways and escalators for example. If you suffer department store injuries because the store was not properly maintained you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
Suffering injuries at any time is a distressing thing to go through; when the accident could have been prevented it becomes more upsetting and it is important for that company to be investigated if they are not following health and safety guidelines. At Accident Advice Helpline we understand it can be difficult and we have 15 years’ experience in the industry. We offer all our clients a no win, no fee policy so there are no upfront fees to pay. Call today on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your claim.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Sarah Douglas