You may not often see people stacking shelves in supermarkets but you can be sure they are there, putting in hours of hard work to ensure the products are there when you need them most. It is uncommon for someone working in this area to suffer from shelf stacking accidents, but things can sometimes go wrong. When they do there is a chance someone could be injured.
The good news is there are a number of ways such injuries can be prevented before they have a chance to happen. For example your employer should look at every aspect of the workplace and consider whether or not there are any potential dangers in the situation. This might mean assessing how safe it is to carry or move boxes; how safe it is to unpack things and reach particular shelves; and whether any personal protective equipment is required.
Can all shelf stacking accidents be avoided?
Many of them can, certainly. If an employer provides training for manual handling, this will ensure employees know how to lift things safely. If such training is not provided there is a greater chance someone might be hurt because they did not lift a package or item in the proper manner.
In another example, an employer might expect someone to unpack or move boxes in a confined area. This would make it impossible for someone to work safely and it could potentially increase the chances they might be hurt. As such it is imperative that the employer undertakes appropriate risk assessments at all times so they can limit the odds of shelf stacking accidents happening.
Have you been hurt in a similar accident?
You may have been injured in a situation similar to those described above. Maybe the shelving was unstable and fell on top of you. Perhaps stock slipped off the shelf and squashed your feet, hurting them in the process.
Whatever happened, it is a good idea to get professional advice on whether compensation might be due for the injuries you suffered. If it is, you could end up receiving funds in return for what happened. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out whether you have a good chance of claiming. Our lawyers work on a no win, no fee* basis too, making just one more excellent reason to call us for advice.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead