Retail workers tend to have varied duties. Some time may be spent dealing with customers face to face, with other parts of the day being spent putting away stock and collecting orders.
These varying job duties give rise to numerous potential hazards. As a retail worker, what are some of the main hazards that you face? What are your options if you’ve been injured on the job?
As a retail worker, you’re constantly on the move which is physically demanding. You may have to replenish stock and collect orders from vendors, which involves a lot of heavy lifting and twisting. If you are forced to overexert yourself, you could end up with a nasty injury. Some research indicates that back and muscle strains are the most common work-related injuries in the retail sector.
Slips, trips and falls
Retail outlets tend to be bustling environments. Customers and staff are always on the move, and not everyone is careful about not leaving hazards on the floor space. If one spill goes unnoticed or an obstacle is carelessly placed in an isle, you could suffer a nasty fall. The injury possibilities are almost endless after a fall, with damage to the head and spine being among the main causes for concern.
You have a right to work in an environment that is as hazard-free as possible. Suffering an injury could see you out of work for a while, which means you are not earning. In such a scenario, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Seeking legal guidance will give you the best possible chance of obtaining this.