Working in a supermarket can be a potentially dangerous job at any time of the day. Constantly moving heavy loads; stacking high shelves; and generally being exposed to areas where wet floors are an ever present hazard – these all make working in the supermarket a minefield for accidents at work. But are supermarket workers who work night-time shifts exposed to different risks of a work-related injury than those who typically work day shifts?
What are the main risks associated with night-time work in a supermarket?
Human beings are not typically designed to be nocturnal creatures. Although many of us often burn the midnight oil, the effects of working at night-time are highly pronounced both physically and mentally. Perhaps the most profound effect of working at night is fatigue. Fatigue affects the body and mind in a number of ways and can detrimentally affect your performance at work and is a key focus of health and safety laws in the workplace.
The gruelling physical element of night-time work in a supermarket is not the only present danger. Supermarkets are more likely to be the victim of a robbery at night-time and the employees of a supermarket are particularly vulnerable to the perils of crime when involved in night-time work.
What can I do to reduce the risks of a hazard at work as a night-time supermarket worker?
There are a number of steps that you can take in order to reduce the risks associated with night-time work in a supermarket. Be sure to develop a regular sleep pattern outside of your working hours in order to maintain a healthy body and mind. Pay particular attention to your diet, as a poor diet combined with a poor sleep pattern, can exacerbate any health effects suffered as part of your work. Be vigilant when it comes to crime, do not try to apprehend anyone by yourself, but make sure to report any instances of suspicious activity in order to reduce the risk of a crime taking place on the premises.
I’m a supermarket worker who works during the night-time and I’ve suffered a work injury, can I claim for compensation?
Remember, if you’re a night-time supermarket worker and you’ve been injured in the course of your employment in the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault then you may be entitled to seek compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown