The retail sector provides employment for numerous workers across Arkansas. Retail work may not be a profession that you’d associate with injuries, but the reality is, that a lot of injuries occur every year in this area.
What are some of the more common work-related retail injuries? Here are a few retail employees may experience:
Retail outlets attract people from all backgrounds. Generally, people attend to pick up their goods and take them back home. Usually, this is done seamlessly. Unfortunately, not every customer is a happy customer and retail staff can take the brunt of complaints. It’s not unheard of for angry customers to become abusive and even violent, which places employees at risk of serious injury.
Slips, trips and falls
Items drop off the shelves in retail stores sometimes, that’s simply unavoidable. If the items are breakable or in liquid form, then they are going to require cleaning up. If they aren’t cleaned up, then they become a trip or slip hazard. Even when the floor has been cleaned, this doesn’t mean the danger has passed. A wet floor of any sort is still dangerous and it’s vital that signs are used so that all workers are aware of the danger.
Repetitive strain injuries, lacerations from box cutters and injuries from heavy lifting are also worth mentioning. Retail work can be just as hazardous as any other vocation.
If you have been injured on the job, then it’s likely that you’re going to be out of pocket for a while due to medical bills and loss of income. Workers’ compensation can help with this. Find out more about your rights by seeking some legal guidance.