Depending on the nature of the business they work in, shop employees face a variety of potential hazardous situations. One universal factor that will lead to injured shop staff is when there are obstructions on the ground.
This is common in supermarkets, where items can be picked from shelves by customers and dropped, leading to large puddles. It is very easy for staff to then slide if the spillage is not attended to immediately. In retail outlets, such as shoe shops, there is often discarded footwear, and boxes strewn all over the floor, particularly during busy spells.
When employees are replenishing stock, there can be incidents in the storage area to do with carelessly stacked shelving. Awkwardly placed items can tumble down, landing on whoever is unfortunate enough to be directly below.
Staff must always take due care when attending to deliveries, as vans or lorries have an obvious potential to cause considerable harm to anyone who gets in the way. It could be that the delivery driver has not applied their handbrake sufficiently.
There are numerous possibilities to do with maintenance issues, such as shocks from poorly maintained electrical equipment.
What redress is there for injured shop staff?
The most important thing is to seek the appropriate medical attention. Once this is done, you can start wondering about what should have been done to prevent the accident from occurring. The owners of any shop are obligated to provide levels of protection for members of public entering the premises, and also for their own employees.
This involves enacting all the relevant aspects of health and safety legislation, such as identifying potential risk areas, and ensuring that all the shop staff are fully trained for the tasks they will be expected to undertake.
Have you been injured in your shop?
Accident Advice Helpline is here to advise you whenever you have been victim of an accident through someone else’s negligence. If you are not sure whether your own circumstances would merit a successful claim, then your best option would be to go over every detail with a qualified expert.
This is where we come in. By phoning our helpline, 0800 689 0500, we will ensure your situation is assessed by our legal team. With Esther Rantzen as our patron, we have developed an excellent reputation in championing claims for a variety of clients.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen