Supermarket accidents happen when safety regulations and procedures aren’t followed. The Health and Safety Executive outline legislation, regulations and advice designed to keep supermarket workers and shoppers safe.
If the supermarket hasn’t followed these strict rules, then accidents are more likely to happen. Some causes of supermarket injuries are listed below.
Floors in supermarkets can often become wet as the result of floor cleaning as well as leaking chilling cabinets and freezers. Floors may also be wet because of shoppers walking water into the store when it’s raining outside.
Supermarkets have a responsibility to make sure that floors are dried as quickly as possible and that warning signs are put up to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls.
Spillages should be cleaned up as soon as possible and staff should check aisles regularly for any spilt liquids or foods.
Crushing and dangerous machinery
Supermarkets use a lot of different equipment to store and transport stock. A lot of this equipment, such as shelving, racking and forklift trucks needs to be regularly checked to ensure that it’s safe to hold stock and products.
Failing to regularly check shelving can result in accidents because unsafe structures can collapse causing crush injuries to those nearby.
Failing to check forklift trucks and waste balers can lead to equipment malfunctions that can cause serious injury both to staff of the supermarket and customers.
Trips in a supermarket
Supermarkets must keep aisles clear of trip hazards to reduce the likelihood of accidents. It’s easy for items to become dislodged or fall from cages and shelves, but with correct stacking this can be avoided. Items such as boxes, pallets and ‘roll cages’ used for re-stocking shelves should be stacked properly and kept out of the way of customers.