We are all familiar with how a supermarket looks – rows of shelving, freezers and fridges all set up to provide us with the items we need at prices we can afford. However, few people will be familiar with how things look behind the scenes. It may look very different from what the general public would be used to.
If you work in this part of the supermarket you will know there are likely to be deliveries taking place throughout the day. There will be forklift trucks ready to take stock off lorries and into its proper place in the warehouse, ready to be transferred to the shelves when needed. Workers will be signing for stock, checking off deliveries and looking for other items to bring out onto the shop floor.
How safe is it to work in a supermarket warehouse?
Thanks to the numerous health and safety regulations that are in place in the UK today, it is very safe to work in this environment for the most part. Supermarket warehouse accidents do happen, but they are very few and far between. In many cases they can be avoided entirely, purely because the employers take all precautions that are highlighted as necessary via a risk assessment.
For example, forklift trucks should be separate from pedestrians moving around the warehouse. There should be clear areas where pedestrians can walk safely. Only experienced and qualified people should drive the forklifts, and proper training should be provided to all staff so they can always be safe in this environment.
The issue of negligence
When supermarket warehouse accidents do happen, they can occur in a variety of ways. For example you might be crushed by a forklift reversing into you, or by stock that falls off a shelf after being put up there in an unsafe manner. You may receive an injury to one or both feet if something runs over your feet or falls on them. Something as simple as steel toe-capped boots can make all the difference in this case.
Accident Advice Helpline has heard from several clients who have been hurt in supermarket warehouse accidents. If you are among them, call us now on 0800 689 0500. This is the best way to learn whether a no win, no fee* claim to seek compensation could be successful. Why not get the answers you need right now?
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead