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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Supermarket employee accidents: Pharmacy

    Supermarket employee accidents: Pharmacy

    There are far more risks to employees at a pharmacy than you might otherwise think. The potential causes of injuries at work are both numerous and varied.

    What kind of accidents at work could I suffer working in a pharmacy?

    To start with, there is the value of the goods you are dealing with. Over the counter drugs can be expensive whilst prescription medication can be extremely valuable. Both make pharmacies a potential target for robberies, particularly in a supermarket where all sorts of other goods can also be stolen.

    Part of a pharmacists role can include mixing some drugs, which can expose them to dangerous chemicals and vapours, particularly when dealing with drugs targeted at killing cancer.

    Patients are another facet that pose a risk to a pharmacist’s health at work. Many people enter the pharmacy seeking treatment for a condition which is contagious.

    Finally, there are other potential causes of workplace injuries that arise simply because of the ergonomic elements of the job, as opposed to the specifics of the job role.

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    For example, employees in a supermarket pharmacy are likely to be required to:

    –  Spend a lot of time on their feet

    –  Work long or irregular shifts

    –  Spend a lot of time doing repetitive tasks such as filling pill bottles or completing documents, which can cause repetitive strain injuries.

    How can I guard against injuries at work whilst working in a pharmacy?

    Fortunately, there are a number of steps employers and staff alike can take to minimise the risk of work accidents and injuries.

    Many supermarkets employ security guards, whose mere presence is often enough to greatly reduce the risk of being robbed.

    Pharmacists are given appropriate tools and clothing when tasked with mixing potentially dangerous concoctions. This includes masks, safety goggles, and gloves.

    Having a well ventilated working environment significantly lowers the risk of contagious infections spreading, as does thoroughly cleaning the work area on a regular basis.

    Regular breaks and a fair sharing of duties can help prevent the onset of work related repetitive strain injuries.

    What can I do if I suffer injuries at work in the pharmacy?

    Ask yourself the following questions:

    1. When was the accident?
    2. Did my injuries require medical attention?
    3. Was the accident my fault?

    If your answers are:

    1. Within the last three years
    2. Yes
    3. No

    …then call Accident Advice Helpline – specialists in injury claims – on 0800 689 0500 to get the compensation you deserve.

    Date Published: January 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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