Supermarket workers are exposed to all sorts of perils in the course of their work, and accidents in the supermarket are a major source of reported accidents at work. Here, Accident Advice Helpline examines in depth, some of the accidents which a supermarket employee may face, in particular those involved in working in the fishmonger section of a supermarket.
Slips, trips and falls as a fishmonger
The fishmonger is at particular risk of a slip, trip or fall due to a number of factors. The use of ice to keep produce cool can melt and cause puddles of water to form on the floor. Often, fishmonger workers carry heavy pallets of fresh fish and thus their visibility and reaction times may be significantly reduced, increasing the chances of a slip, trip or fall. It is important to report and mop up any puddles that might form on the floor. Reduce the chances of a slip, trip or fall by wearing adequate footwear.
Carrying heavy produce
As stated, fishmonger workers often have to carry heavy loads in order to keep the counter stocked with fresh produce. Constantly carrying heavy loads can result in a neck, back, or shoulder injury to employees, and employees are also particularly susceptible to the dangers of an RSI from repeatedly using the same muscle groups to carry heavy loads.
The dangers of ice have already been stated, melting ice can cause a puddle of water to form which may pose the risk of a slip, trip or fall. However, there is another danger associated with ice, the risk of frostbite. Ensuring that a counter is regularly topped up means that many workers come into contact with ice often throughout their daily work routine, and constant exposure to ice increases the risk of frostbite, so it is important to wear proper protective clothing to prevent any instances of frostbite.
Fishmongers regularly use knives in the course of their work and many are extremely sharp in order to cut through the tough flesh of some fish. Incorrect use of a sharp knife can result in a nasty cut to any employee, and it is important to observe all safety precautions when using any cutting implements.
If you are a supermarket worker and you’ve been involved in an accident within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown