Retail workers face hazards in their workplace, though these differ from the threats found on construction sites or in manufacturing plants. Identifying the top hazards in a retail environment improves the safety of employees. These are a few of the injury concerns for retail employees.
1. Sprains and strains
Improperly pulling, pushing, lifting or twisting increases sprains and strains. Those with preexisting bone or muscle conditions have an increased risk of injury when handling or lifting materials.
Not all injuries occur on account of impact. Excessive physical effort can create inflammation in the body’s ligaments or joints. Some individuals experience minor discomfort while others experience debilitating pain or immobility.
Stress affects both the mind and the body, and retail workers experience significant physical and mental stress during the course of their day. Continued stress exposure negatively impacts a worker’s health and could lead to injury.
4. Trips, slips and falls
Congested aisleways, clutter or the floor’s surface material increase the risks of falls. Injuries range from minor to severe, depending on the force of impact, the hardness of the floor and the speed or distance of the fall.
5. Impact or collision
Falling objects can do considerable harm to retail employees. Head, neck and other injuries are likely when struck by a heavy object, including forklifts or pallet jacks. Any mechanical equipment poses a workplace hazard.
Retail employees face safety concerns from the use of box cutters, exposure to loud noises and workplace violence. Knowing these hazards enable employees to protect themselves more effectively.