Retail is a major driver of economic growth in the U.S., even as e-commerce has increased. Retail employees – including cashiers – make up more than 10 percent of the U.S. workforce, filling nearly 16 million jobs. Retail consumption makes up two-thirds of the country’s gross domestic product.
Because retail establishments are typically clean and well-lit environments, they may not sound like hazardous places to work, but they carry their own set of workplace dangers that can put employees at risk. Retail work can require the use of technical equipment, heavy lifting while stocking, or performing inventory. Accidents are common in retail, due in no small part to a largely younger, less-experienced labor force prone to high turnover.
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Common Retail Workplace Accidents
Most employee injuries at retail establishments fall into a handful of categories and are largely preventable.
- Slips, trips, and falls: These are by far the most common workplace accidents in the retail industry. They happen because of wet or uneven floors, spilled liquids, and items left lying around. Slips, trips, and falls make up 15 percent of worksite fatalities. Food service employees are particularly susceptible to this type of accident.
- Musculoskeletal injuries: Retail employees spend a lot of time standing around, lifting, reaching, and performing their tasks in awkward positions. All of this can lead to minor aches, strains, and sprains that can devolve into chronic conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and lower back pain.
- Cuts and burns: Food service employees in particular are at a greater risk of cuts and burns from preparing and cooking food.
- Violence: Violence is the leading cause of death at work, and retail employees are at a greater risk than most, especially those with later hours of operation. Among retail workers, liquor store employees are the most likely to be killed on the job. Factors that put retail locations at greater risk include increased exposure to the public, cash and/or valuables on the premises, and small staff sizes.
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If you are a retail employee who has suffered an injury at work, do not make the error of trying to handle your workers’ compensation claim on your own. Do not wait too long to ask for help from one of our retail store negligence lawyers because the clock starts ticking as soon as you’re injured.
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