Stock is the word given to items purchased by a shop which are then priced and put on the shelves to sell to customers. As such, every shop will have some kind of stockroom that only employees can enter. This is where overstock will be kept until it is needed to replenish the shelves. This can also potentially be a place that is capable of getting untidy very quickly indeed. That’s why some people have tripped on a stockroom hazard in the past – something that could easily happen if proper housekeeping rules are not in place and adhered to.
Housekeeping might sound like something you would do at home. However, in reality you need to make sure a stockroom is cleaned, tidied and maintained on a regular basis too. If you are an employer, it’s up to you to ensure all health and safety rules are followed at all times. However, if you are reading this, you may already have first-hand experience of the potential dangers of tripping over in a stockroom.
What might happen?
A stockroom is likely to be very crowded, even if it is large in size. It will be filled with racking or shelving, and boxes of stock will be put on these shelves until they are required to fill up the shelves in the store itself. As you can imagine – and as you may already know – any stockroom can become untidy with boxes and other packing materials. If these are left on the floor instead of being got rid of immediately, they will be a potential tripping hazard – just the kind of thing that could cause injury.
Since there is little room to fall over without hitting something when you are surrounded by stock, shelving and similar items, you can imagine how dangerous a trip and fall could potentially be in this situation.
Find out more today
Some people arrive on our website having looked up information on slips, trips and falls and whether they could claim because of what happened. If you have arrived here for the same reason, rest assured the Accident Advice Helpline team has ample experience of handling similar claims.
If you’ve tripped on a stockroom hazard and you believe health and safety rules were not followed, you could be in with a chance of making a claim. Call 0800 689 0500 now to find out.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead