Retail is largely a very safe area to work in. However, as with all jobs, there are potential risks involved in some instances. You may not have considered all the potential dangers of working in retail, so let’s look at some examples here.
The potential for broken bones and more serious injuries
- Overloaded shelves collapsing. Shelves are only designed to hold a certain weight. If they are overloaded, or not put up properly in the first place, they could potentially collapse on you.
- Slipping over. Anyone can slip over, especially if the floors are not kept clean and dry. Spillages should be mopped up immediately, and the floor should be marked as wet until it has dried, to ensure no one slips and hurts themselves.
- Falls. This could be a fall from a ladder, or a fall down a flight of stairs, or even simply a fall while walking through a department if there is a potential hazard in the way. While we all take good care whatever we are doing, we cannot always prevent accidents from occurring. A potential lack of health and safety could mean we are at risk of being injured.
- Trips. Many possible dangers of working in retail involve situations that could easily be prevented. For example, tripping over often happens when there is a potential hazard that could have been avoided. Leaving stock out on the floor is a good example of this. Fortunately, employers do pay close attention to health and safety laws, and therefore make sure that hazards are removed or dealt with in such a way as to prevent accidents like these from happening.
- Repetitive strain injury. One of the dangers of working in retail is the potential risk of repetitive strain injury. Doing the same thing all the time, i.e. manually lifting stock, can put you at risk of getting this type of injury.
How might an accident affect you in the long term?
As you can see, an accident or an injury caused by repetitive actions could potentially mean you suffer from significant injuries. Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with numerous cases over the years from people who have been hurt while working in retail. Call now on 0800 689 0500 if you’d like to know more, and think you may have a potential claim to make with us.
Date Published: April 18, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead