Plenty of jobs require timber of one kind or another, from rough timber used to make frames for decking to high-quality timber that can be cut and made into doors and furniture and other assorted items. Whatever you need timber for, the chances are good that you’ll end up going to a timber merchant to get it.
The one thing you wouldn’t expect to get at a place like this would be timber merchant injuries. A venue of this nature needs to be safe for both staff and customers to use. That means the owners need to follow all the health and safety laws at all times. This will ensure no one is in any danger of being hurt in any way.
Are staff and customers really safe at these premises?
Yes, for the most part they will be perfectly safe. There may be areas customers are not allowed into and these will be clearly marked. Staff should always be fully-trained to perform their duties and to fetch wood and operate machinery safely as required. Whatever you may need to complete a project, you should be able to visit your local timber merchant to get what you need without being worried about receiving an injury along with it.
Negligence is often the cause of any timber merchant injuries that do occur. These are rare, but sometimes the owner can be found negligent in not providing a safe place for people to work in or visit. Injuries can be suffered when a member of staff is moving wood that is too heavy if they have not received manual handling training. Customers may be hurt if they are hit by wood that has not been stacked properly or safely.
Have you been hurt in a similar manner?
Timber merchant injuries could be very small, but you can imagine the potential that could exist for more serious injuries to occur. In this sense you could end up with injuries that affect you for a long time to come. Imagine going shopping and ending up hurt in a way that has a real knock-on effect on your life.
Make sure you contact Accident Advice Helpline now regardless of the severity of your injuries. Call on 0800 689 0500 and see whether our advisors may be able to help you. We can certainly offer you no-obligation advice to begin with.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead