You’d be forgiven for thinking that the retail industry isn’t the most likely place to have an accident at work, but hazards can exist in any type of workplace, and it’s all about how your employer minimises those hazards to keep you safe at work.
Retail staff accidents can and do happen, and you could be seriously injured, requiring time off work to recover and suffering financially as a result.
If somebody else, such as your employer, is to blame for your accident, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline today – our team has been helping people since 2000 and you could be next in line.
What sort of accidents could occur?
For those working in retail, the most common types of accident are slips, trips and falls. Manual handling injuries sustained after lifting heavy or awkward items are also fairly common – so the next time your boss asks you to lift an extremely heavy box of stock, think twice, as you could sustain back, shoulder or neck injuries as a result. Here are a few examples of the types of injury which could be caused by retail staff accidents:
- Back injuries, from manual handling or repetitive tasks such as mopping the floor
- Back, shoulder, neck, leg or arm injuries after a slip, trip or fall
- Head injuries after being struck by objects falling from height
- Electrocution injuries when electrocuted by faulty electrical equipment such as a kettle or vacuum cleaner
- Torn ligaments and tendons or broken bones caused by a slip or trip
- Facial injuries
The impact on your life
Whilst some injuries, such as cuts and bruises, are not that serious, other injuries could impact the rest of your life. Sustaining a back injury could leave you in pain and unable to return to work, affecting you financially, whilst head injuries can leave you unable to look after yourself or struggling with mood swings and behavioural difficulties.
For serious, life-changing injuries your personal injury settlement will obviously be more substantial, but you could find out how much you could be entitled to receive by taking the 30-second test on our website.
You can also pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for advice after your accident. We’ll tell you whether or not you are eligible to make a claim and our personal injury advisors offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so what do you have to lose?
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton