If you work in a DIY store you will know you may have to take on a variety of duties during the average day. You may be employed to work in a specific section so you will build up knowledge of everything to do with that topic. On the other hand you may work across the store and that could mean you end up working on the tills and putting out stock as well.
However you actually work, you don’t want to become one of the small number of injured DIY store staff who call Accident Advice Helpline every now and then. These instances are uncommon but things can go wrong that lead people to suffer an injury of some kind. Some instances might be more serious than others, but all injuries can be painful.
How could things happen?
The store itself should be safe to work in. It should be risk-assessed on a regular basis. This will highlight any potential dangers that might be present, so they can be tackled and reduced. This alone is capable of reducing the odds of someone tripping, falling or being hurt in some other way. DIY stores usually have a lot of shelving, some of which will be very tall. Everything stacked on these shelves should be stacked safely so as not to incur any danger of it falling on anyone below.
Moving goods will also be necessary. In this case proper manual handling training will be required to ensure the individual knows how to move things. If this is not given and someone is hurt, they could sue as a result of negligence. Equipment may also be required to help move things that are bulky or heavy. If people are expected to move things by hand this could also be deemed as negligent if they are injured.
What should injured DIY store staff do?
In these circumstances it is always best to seek medical advice – ideally from a first aider on-site to begin with. This will ensure you get prompt treatment and that you can record the incident as well. This should be done by law.
It doesn’t matter whether your injury is severe or not – if you can prove negligence you may make a compensation claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now to find out whether our no-obligation advice could help you.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead