The media often supply us with stories of failing high streets and empty shops. The decline of town and city centres has been a concern for the last few years. In fact, the general opinion is that betting shops and charity shops are the main success stories of the recession.
The increase in the number of charity shops will inevitably have resulted in an increase in workplace accidents reported from this sector. It makes sense – the more charity shops there are the more likely a member of public or an employee is to get hurt in an accident that was not their own fault.
If you are an employee in a charity shop and you have been injured at work then you may want to consider starting a Cambridgeshire injury at work claim. This is where you make a claim from the person who was at fault for your accident – probably your employer. Charitable status does not make an organisation immune from a responsibility to keep their employees safe. Charities can also be subject to a personal injury claim. Here are the sort of things that responsible charities do to make sure that they do not become involved in a Cambridgeshire injury at work claim
Avoiding a Cambridgeshire injury at work claim – charity shops
Most responsible charity employers make sure that they avoid a Cambridgeshire injury at work claim by carrying out a thorough risk assessment. They know that an injured employee has the right to consult an expert personal injury law firm like Accident Advice Helpline to get some help with a personal injury claim.
A personal injury at work claim is best avoided by carrying out a thorough risk assessment. This will identify all the hazards in the charity shop and will encourage the employer to think about how these could affect the employees, volunteers and members of the public.
A charity shop risk assessment should consider:
1. Slips and trips – these are a hazard in every workplace
2.Handling and moving stock – this is a hazard in all retail establishments
3.Working at height – accessing stock
4.Health of workers in the charity shop environment
Once the hazards have been spotted and the staff that would be affected by those hazards have been identified it is time to compile the preventative and protective measures to reduce or remove the risks. Some of the preventative measures will relate to the premises and will require structural alterations. Others will relate to the method of working and changes in working practice and procedures will be needed.
If the charity shares services with other shops, such as a common delivery area, then they will need to talk to them about how to work together to manage risks.
Date Published: 13th December 2014
Author: David Brown