Supermarket employee accidents: Frozen aisles

Even though many people now shop online for their groceries a high percentage still have to go to a supermarket, even if it is for the daily essentials. This means that there lots of customers walking around who may not be looking where they are going. This can cause many accident claims including slips, trips and falls.

How can a slip, trip or fall be caused in a supermarket?

There are so many things which could cause a slip, trip or fall injury in a supermarket from spillages and prams being left in the middle of aisles, to boxes on the floor. Some of these may lead to quite minor fall injuries but others could be a pretty serious trip claim, especially if you end up falling into glass.  This can be a glass bottle, jar, or it could even be a glass display unit such as those in the frozen aisles.

What type of accidents can happen in the frozen aisles?

These aisles in particular can cause some serious accident claims especially slip, trip and fall injuries. The main reason for this is because you have water (ice) and electricity in the same area, so if the electrics malfunctioned or the water was to get through to the circuits then you could be looking at something much more serious than a simple fall claim. Other than this the frozen aisles can quite easily have water on the floors near the freezers from where ice has fallen off boxes and bags when customers take them out. If not cleared up straight away this could easily lead to a slip injury.

How to prevent a slip, trip or fall in the frozen aisles?

If you want to avoid someone having a fall injury always make sure any puddles of water are dried up instantly or at the very least marked clearly with a cone for customers to avoid. Also, if the freezers start making a strange noise or you see any sparks instantly tell a member of management who should isolate that freezer to avoid a nasty accident.

However, sometimes accidents such as slips, trip and falls still happen, but if you do have one that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out how today.

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