Even though we all used to visit a grocery store or supermarket to get our weekly shop, many people now take advantage of making an order for groceries online. The order is then picked for them, packed into a van and delivered to the front door. This is a great way to get the week’s shop, and it provides work for many experienced van drivers whose responsibility it is to deliver the goods at the right time.
The health and well-being of these drivers is just as important as it is for anyone else who works for that company. The employer must take every precaution to ensure there is a minimal chance of any injured supermarket delivery drivers being hurt on the job.
A road crash
While it is rare for a delivery driver to be involved in an accident, they do rack up plenty of miles during the day. As such there is the potential for them to be involved in a road accident. If this is the case and the accident was the fault of someone else, they might be entitled to seek compensation for any injuries they suffered.
Perhaps the more likely thing to happen might be a potential lifting injury. The shopping is usually packed into crates that have to be taken to the customer’s house. The driver will take the crates out of the van, stack them on a trolley and take them to the front door. They should receive proper lifting and manual handling training in order to do this properly. This will reduce the odds of injured supermarket delivery drivers being hurt while doing their job.
Minimising all the risks
Potential risks exist with every job. The trick is to make sure those risks are reduced and made far less likely to happen. No one wants to be injured and no employer wants to be held accountable for an injury one of their workers suffers.
If you are employed by a company delivering supermarket goods to peoples’ homes and you have been injured, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our 24/7 enquiry line is totally free to call and it might end up leading you to make a compensation claim. We can provide you with expert advice on 0800 689 0500, and even pass your details on to one of our experienced lawyers.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead