You may not always see them, but shelf stackers perform an important job in supermarkets and other grocery stores throughout the UK. Whether a store closes during the night or not, shelf stackers will be out in force making sure the shelves are fully stocked for the day ahead. This makes it easier for customers to find and buy what they need.
Obviously anyone working in a supermarket or similar store should be able to do their work in complete safety. There should be no chance of having any problems or being injured in any way. An injured shelf stacker may have to take time off work to recover. Their injuries may well impact other parts of their life as well.
How can injuries happen when you are doing this type of job?
Your employer should perform a risk assessment to work out where the potential dangers are. These assessments can highlight the things that can be done to ensure the risk of injury is as small as possible. For example there should be ample room to move or lift the stock onto the shelves. There should also be assistance given in moving or handling stock if required. For example cages, trolleys and other similar items can be used to help move larger amounts of stock from A to B.
Each item should also have the weight clearly marked on it. If this is not the case the person expected to lift it could end up hurting themselves if the box is heavier than they assumed it might be. Small boxes are not always light for example.
Training should be provided in how to move and lift various items in order to prevent someone becoming an injured shelf stacker. This should help reduce the odds of injury. If you are hurt while working as a shelf stacker and you cannot work or do other things because of it, you have a good chance of claiming compensation.
Finding out the answers to any questions you may have can be difficult. That’s why we would encourage you to call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 to get the answers. That’s a free number and you can learn whether you have a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim once you have spoken to our friendly team members, so call us today.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead