If you work in the retail trade, and you’ve suffered an injury at work for which you believe your employer is to blame, then our solicitors in Long Stratton may be able to help you to obtain financial compensation.
Collision danger with on-site vehicles
One of the most common causes of injury within the retail trade involves colliding with some sort of vehicle on-site. Supermarkets, for example, have busy traffic areas: there’s the traffic manoeuvring its way in and out of the car parks, articulated lorries driving through the car parks and in and out of the loading bays, forklift trucks offloading delivery vehicles and transferring product into the storage areas, hydraulic hand-operated trolleys, and supermarket shopping trolleys, too. Colliding with any of these vehicles can cause injury, and in some instances this can be serious.
Traffic flow management
It’s the supermarket’s management’s responsibility to ensure that all traffic flow is handled in a safe manner, and that all roads and internal aisles that are used by delivery and material handling vehicles are clearly marked and defined. Road and aisle surfaces must be carefully maintained and a speed limit imposed on site to enhance everyone’s safety — that of drivers, manual handling staff and pedestrians.
Appropriate staff training
It’s also management’s responsibility to ensure that all of the drivers they employ are fully trained and appropriately qualified to drive vehicles such as articulated lorries and forklift trucks. The company should have a clear health and safety policy which defines practices and procedures for all operations, including on-site driving in respect of:
- Health and safety;
- Alcohol abuse;
- Drug abuse; and
- Penalties for not following best working practices.
The employee’s duty of care
Supermarket staff also have a duty of care towards themselves to look after their own health and safety, and to be aware and vigilant at all times. Stepping or running out in front of a moving vehicle without any warning could not only cause serious injury, but might also jeopardise any chance of pursuing a claim for compensation.
Enlisting the help of our solicitors in Long Stratton
If you’ve been injured in the workplace through no fault of your own, whether that workplace is a supermarket, another retail outlet or other commercial business, our solicitors in Long Stratton may be able to help you to launch a personal injury claim.
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Date Published: 14th April 2014
Author: David Brown