Common Retail Worker Injuries
People probably do not think of retail work often when “dangerous jobs” arise. Working in retail may be safer than working in construction or other hazardous jobs, but it still comes with risks. Retail workers face job-related injuries and illnesses far more than people realize. If you have been injured on the job, you should talk to an attorney to learn more about the next steps you can take.
What are the common retail workplace injuries and hazards?
Some of the most frequently reported hazards and injuries in the retail workspace are:
Overexertion injuries often occur when retail workers perform repetitive motions or when they push their bodies too hard. Joint pain, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome are common injuries caused by repetitive motion and overexertion.
- Improper lifting and handling
Retail workers often need to handle or lift very heavy and large objects. If they do not use the proper methods and techniques for lifting heavy objects, they may suffer from sprains, strains, or other serious injuries.
- Injuries caused by getting struck
Getting struck by a falling object, or getting struck against something, is also a common cause of injuries in retail employees. There are a lot of factors that can affect the severity of these types of injuries.
- Slips, trips, and falls
Most injuries in retail workplaces are caused due to slips, trips, and fall accidents. Spilled liquids, outdoor snow or ice, frayed or bunched carpeting, loose rugs or floor mats, poor lighting, or clutter may be some of the reasons for these accidents.
- Injuries caused by sharp objects
Handling sharp objects such as box cutters or knives improperly can result in lacerations or infections. Handling sharp objects with care is important to avoid cuts and other injuries.
- Workplace violence
Sadly, many retail workers also suffer from injuries caused by violence from co-workers, customers, or other parties. In some cases, an employee can still receive workers’ comp benefits for injuries caused by workplace violence. Still, it is important to consult an attorney to determine whether your case is valid.
Injured at your retail job?
If you or a loved one has been injured or sustained a work-related injury or illness, you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits. An experienced attorney can help you determine whether you have a valid workers’ comp case and, if you do, what legal steps you should take next. Having professional legal help on your side can ensure that you are avoiding any mistakes and protecting your rights.