Working in a furniture store is very different from working in a variety of other stores. You will be selling large items of furniture as well as smaller accessories such as cushions, drawer inserts and other items as well.
You may be required to help with displays, work on the tills taking orders or perhaps even building some of the smaller (or larger) pieces of furniture, sometimes with the assistance of someone else too.
Those in charge of running furniture stores have a duty to make sure they do not do things that result in injured furniture store staff suffering from injuries that could prevent them from working, not to mention doing other things in their life.
They must perform risk assessments when certain procedures are to be completed, as well as making sure every possible step is taken to protect the staff they employ.
Examples of situations that might occur
Furniture stores will use displays and signs to make sure people are aware of the sales and offers that are currently in the store. Some members of staff may have to climb up to hang these signs in the proper position. They should have ladder training in order to do this safely.
Manual handling training might also be required if staff are going to lift flat-packed boxes that contain items of furniture to be built. If these are lifted incorrectly because the staff have not been trained in how to do so, they could suffer a back injury as a result.
Avoiding injured furniture store staff
Obviously if you work in a similar store you don’t want to suffer any kind of injury if you can possibly help it. If your employer provides the proper training, completes risk assessments and makes sure any recommendations from those assessments are followed, there should be little chance of being injured in any way. There are still isolated occasions where things might go wrong of course, but the chances of something like this happening will be minimal.
If it is already too late for you and you have suffered an accident while working in a furniture store within the last three years, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. This is by far the best way to make sure you can start a compensation claim if you are in a very good position to do so.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead