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3 common hazards for retail workers

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2024 | Workplace Safety

Retail workers are often overlooked when it comes to people thinking about unsafe jobs. The truth is that these hardworking men and women face a host of hazards on each shift. Some of these retail hazards can lead to serious injuries that keep employees out of work for a while.

It’s up to the employer to ensure they’re providing a safe work environment for their workers. These three hazards are some of the more common ones that plague people who work in the retail industry.

1. Falling merchandise

Merchandise can fall from shelves if the items aren’t placed safely. This means items can’t be stocked too high or placed unusually. There’s also a risk of shelves toppling over. Heavy items should always be placed on lower shelves so they don’t cause the shelves to topple over. 

2. Repetitive motion injuries

Repetitive motion injuries are common for cashiers who have to scan items as customers check out. Even people who stock shelves or fold clothing may also suffer from these injuries. 

3. Unruly shoppers

Retail work is especially dangerous during special sales, such as Black Friday sales. Shoppers may become unruly, which can lead to the retail workers suffering injuries. Proper crowd control and security on those days can help to reduce the chance of injuries. 

Workers’ compensation coverage should take care of the medical care expenses for these injured workers. Workers who have more serious injuries may also need other benefits. Seeking assistance as they work toward getting the benefits they need may help these injured workers focus more on healing.