At first glance, the garden centre can seem like an idyllic, quintessentially British place to work. However, behind and beyond the relaxing sounds of the charming water features and dazzling array of plants there are numerous hidden dangers and causes of injuries at work.
Accidents at work in the garden centre – the main offenders
Typically, most work injuries suffered by garden centre employees are caused by:
– Slipping on spilt water or other liquids
– Tripping on loose equipment
– Heavy lifting and manual handling
– A reaction to the fauna
Slips, trips and falls can be both embarrassing and painful for the victim, and expensive in terms of compensation for the employer.
Often, these work accidents and injuries are borne out of a desire to offer excellent customer service. Picture the scene – a customer has asked for assistance carrying a heavy bench or similar item to their car. Looking around, you see that the other staff are all busy. Not wanting to let the customer down, you try and move it yourself. Before you know it, you’ve suffered a serious back injury at work.
Another scenario might be tripping over a hose left dragged across a pathway by someone watering the plants. It may only be unattended for a few minutes, but that is more than enough time for disaster to strike.
As well as handling the furniture items and tools, coming into contact with the plant-life itself can also cause problems. A number of flowers can cause serious irritation to the skin.
Avoiding workplace injuries at the garden centre
Much of the success of the health and safety policies in any workplace is dependant on the attitude of the top management. If taken seriously, this attitude trickles down through the staff pyramid and can greatly reduce both the likelihood and severity of accidents at work.
Anyone tasked with manual handling and heavy lifting should have received sufficient training in order to carry out their duties safely, while the rules and regulations of using equipment around the centre should be thoroughly explained and understood.
Furthermore, protective clothing such as masks, gloves and long sleeves should be provided wherever and whenever necessary.
Even with all this in place, accidents can, and do, still happen. To this end, Accident Advice Helpline offers a freephone service available 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 to establish the strength of your work accident claim and has over 13 years’ experience in dealing with these claims. Contact us today – you’ve got nothing to lose.