Working in a supermarket can be a hectic yet rewarding role to take. You might work stocking shelves, serving customers on a counter or helping them at the checkouts. Whatever role you have, though, you have a right to be able to work in complete safety at all times. Your employer has a duty of care to make sure this is the case.
Training is an important element to consider with regard to supermarket staff safety. It will ensure every employee has the knowledge they need to work in safety and to avoid simple hazards that may crop up if they did not have the knowledge to avoid them. In some cases, there could be particular equipment a worker must have in order to work in a safe manner. This might include protective gloves, for example.
Focusing on other elements of supermarket staff safety
It is also important to consider how else accidents may potentially happen. For example, slips, trips and falls can occur in all kinds of places, and supermarkets can definitely be included among them. It can be very easy for something to be dropped or spilled, and when it is, it should be cleaned up as soon as possible. In the meantime, a hazard sign should be erected over the spillage so everyone knows it is there.
Additionally, you should make sure anything that does happen that results in an accident is recorded in the supermarket’s accident book. This provides a record of anything that happens in the store, and it could help you make a compensation claim later on if it turns out you have a good case to do so.
What should you do in the event of an injury?
As mentioned above, any injuries that occur while you are working in a supermarket should be reported immediately. Steps should also be taken to ensure the cause of the injury is investigated and dealt with, if appropriate. There should be staff in the store who are trained in first aid as well, as this might be required.
In some cases, people have managed to claim compensation after being hurt while working in a supermarket. When evidence of negligence is discovered, this can be used to support a claim. Call 0800 689 0500 today so you can find out whether Accident Advice Helpline is in a position to support you.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead