In terms of suffering accidents at work, a role in retail can be somewhat dangerous profession. From bulky, heavy displays to irate customers, the threats to health and safety at work are both many and varied.
The dangers of this working environment significantly increase when at night-time. This is for a variety of reasons, including:
– The majority of re-stocking, warehouse organising, shop floor changes etc, and subsequent heavy lifting is done at night-time.
– Staff are more likely to be tired due to unusual sleep patterns and tired minds are more prone to making mistakes.
– Temperatures are likely to be colder at night-time, which can lead to an illness at work.
– There tends to be less people, both in terms of staff and general public, around to help in an emergency, such as a fire or a crime such as an attempted robbery.
It is clear to see then, that the risk of injuries at work for night-time employees in the retail industries is a very real concern. Fortunately, a number of steps can be taken to ensure the safety of workers as far as possible and to minimise both the threat and impact of workplace accidents. These include:
– The provision of suitable clothing and equipment: People who work in cold environments such as large warehouses or outside require suitably warm clothing during the winter months. This includes coats, hats and gloves.
– Good levels of lighting: As there is no natural light to enhance clarity of vision, employers must make sure that the working area is well lit to avoid workplace accidents. High-visibility jackets should also be provided as and when necessary.
– Training: Anyone involved in manual handling or heavy lifting as part of their job role needs to have received the most up-to-date relevant training to reduce the risk of work injury.
– Time: Working the night-shift is a totally different animal to working in the day, and new employees should be given time to adjust to their new schedule.
Of course, workers are also at greater risk of suffering a public trip or fall on their journey to work at night, and should therefore stick to well-lit routes which will also help them to stay safe.
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Date Published: January 6, 2014
Author: David Brown