Working in a book shop is a great job to have if you love books and you’re passionate about reading. You could work in a book shop selling brand new books or in a second-hand book shop – the choice is yours.
Either way you would undoubtedly have many of the same tasks to do. You would serve customers so you would need to learn how to use the till. You would also help customers find what they need and perhaps unpack and deal with orders arriving at the shop as well.
It isn’t very common to find out about injured book shop staff being injured in any particular way. You might end up being injured yourself if there is a lack of health and safety evident in your store, but in reality very few members of staff will ever find themselves in a position where they could be hurt.
Keeping up with health and safety matters
If you are working for someone who owns the book shop you should be aware of their responsibilities in keeping you and the other members of staff completely safe. For example they should make sure you have all relevant training.
This may well include manual handling training as you may be expected to handle deliveries of books that will probably be heavy. You should also have access to equipment to help you move the books so you don’t have to carry huge numbers of them on your own without assistance.
Injured book shop staff can be hurt by falling from height as well. You might wonder how this could happen but in reality you may have to use a set of stairs to reach the highest book shelves. These stairs should be fit for purpose and should cause no danger to you or to anyone else in the shop.
What happens if you are injured at work?
If there is any chance that your employer may have caused your injuries to occur, perhaps through negligence of their duties in some way, you should find out whether you might be entitled to claim compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you here. Call us on 0800 689 0500 so we can find out more about your story. If we think we can help you we could match you with one of our professional injury compensation lawyers to take things further.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead