When you visit the supermarket and leave your empty trolley at a designated spot in the car park, you don’t tend to think about where it goes from there. Of course, each supermarket employs trolley collectors to make sure the trolleys are taken back to the front of the store for the next customers to use.
You won’t come across many injured supermarket trolley collectors when visiting a supermarket. Even if you work in this exact role you may not see too many of them. This is because their employers will provide proper training to ensure everyone know what is expected of them and how to do their job safely. It is only in very isolated cases that things may go wrong and someone might end up being hurt.
How can trolley collectors be hurt?
Their employers have a duty to perform risk assessments before anyone starts this kind of job. These will highlight the potential risks and allow the employers to work out how to reduce those risks. For example there may be a risk of the trolley collectors being hit by cars or other vehicles. Wearing high-visibility vests could help reduce these risks.
There is also the chance that moving too many trolleys at once could lead to injured supermarket trolley collectors. This is particularly the case if the car park is sloped in any direction, as the trolleys will be harder to move. Risk assessments will therefore, make it easier for the employer to make the job at hand safer than it might otherwise be.
Have you been hurt while moving trolleys?
Sometimes accidents do simply happen, and no one is at fault for causing them. With that said though, there are isolated cases where someone may be injured at work and someone else can clearly be found to be at fault. If you think this is true with regard to your injury, you should work out whether you have a chance to make a compensation claim.
Some injuries may be minor. Others may take months to heal, or may never heal at all. Whatever your situation might be, a call to the team at Accident Advice Helpline could make all the difference. Call now, free of charge, on 0800 689 0500. You can learn whether a no win, no fee* claim might be the best way to get some compensation.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead