Working in the bakery section of a large and busy supermarket is a demanding job at the best of times. The early starts as well as the sheer volume of the workload, and the pressure for perfection, make for a challenging days work. The fact that a serious workplace accident could strike at any moment only adds to the tension.
What are the main causes of accidents at work in a supermarket bakery?
The risks and threats of injuries at work whilst employed in a supermarket bakery are both many and varied. The most common causes of work injuries include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
– Manual handling and heavy lifting: This is a particularly prevalent hazard when dealing with awkward, sizeable loads and shifting large wheeled racks.
– Slips, trips and falls: These are typically brought about by wet or contaminated floors where insufficient warning signs have been placed. Falls can often be from height, for example from a ladder or stairs.
– Striking or being struck by an object
– Tools and machinery: Injuries from faulty products are something to be keenly avoided as the subsequent work injuries can be both severe and expensive. If anything goes wrong with a conveyor, wrapper, mixers etc., the consequences can be extremely serious.
– The presence of hot objects and harmful substances: Burns from baking equipment and the vapour of strong cleaning chemicals can also cause illness and injury at work.
What can I do to avoid workplace accidents and injuries in a supermarket bakery?
Fortunately, a number of basic safety essentials can be employed to help minimise both the risk and severity of any accidents in the workplace. These include:
– Quick action: Things like industrial spillages at work need to be marked and dealt with as soon as possible. Clear warning signs should be displayed and the affected area cleaned up properly.
– Training: Anyone whose job involves elements of heavy lifting needs to have received sufficient training and should never attempt to lift uncomfortable weights alone.
– Clothing: Employees should be provided with sufficient personal protection equipment, such as gloves and masks, to be able to carry out their duties safely.
If you’ve suffered an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, at any point in the last three years and required medical attention, Accident Advice Helpline can take your claim for work accident compensation through to a conclusion on a no win, no fee basis.
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Date Published: January 6, 2014
Author: David Brown