When considering accidents at work, you are likely to think of injuries caused by industrial machines and heavy lifting, however, working in your local charity shop does not mean you are completely risk-free.
Hazards in a charity shop
The standard high street charity shop falls under what the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regard as a low-risk shop. This means that although there are fewer hazards, there is still an element of risk involved in completing your duties.
Five common issues that may lead to injury and illness include:
- Slips, trips and falls due to poorly maintained areas
- Repetitive strain injury
- Stock room incidents, including falling objects and falls from ladders
- Collisions with delivery vehicles
- Work-related stress
Addressing the issue
Whether you work on an a voluntary basis or are employed by the charity in question, if you sustain an injury that is in no way your fault, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm you suffered.
It is important, first and foremost, to report the accident to your employer, using their incident report system.
Take photographs of the issue that caused your accident at work. If possible, take photographs of your injury both at the time of the accident and as it alters. Photos on your phone will suffice.
You will then need to seek any medical attention required. Be sure to rest and follow professional medical instruction, as well as keep a record of any medication or medical treatment you have received.
Taking things further
Once you have recovered from your work-related illness or injury, you may wish to seek advice on claiming personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has a useful compensation calculator, which takes just 30 seconds to complete and enables the compensation provider to assess whether it is likely that your claim will be successful.
The process for claiming compensation
As well as offering advice, Accident Advice Helpline has an extensive legal team who work on a no win, no fee* basis to process your claim.
Most cases can be managed over the phone, with no need to attend court or address legal issues independently. You may be required to attend additional medicals or provide additional information to assist with your claim.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 31, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident in a shop