If you work at a gas station, you may encounter various workplace hazards. Even though you may not work at a factory or construction site, you can still sustain an on-the-job injury. If this happens, you may be eligible to seek workers’ compensation.
Of course, it is ideal if you can avoid as many injuries as possible. Prevention starts with knowledge. Here are some common ways you can get hurt while working as a gas station attendant.
Motor vehicle accidents
The very nature of your job exposes you to a lot of motor vehicles on a daily basis. This includes cars, trucks and motorcycles. Vehicles can crash into the convenience store section while you are working inside of it. But you are at the most risk when you most exit the store to assist customers or clean up.
Slip, trip and fall accidents
Common fall hazards at gas stations include:
- Gas spills
- Debris in aisles
- Spilled food or drink
- Water and soap in the bathrooms
Falling can cause a wide array of injuries, from minor scrapes to traumatic brain injuries.
Burns and explosions
Gas is extremely flammable, which causes you to be at a high risk of suffering a burn or explosion injury while working. Common causes of fires and explosions include defective equipment or negligent customers throwing cigarettes on the ground.
Sadly, gas station stores are often a target for criminals. Offenders may commit assault or robbery at gas stations. This is especially possible if there is not adequate security on the premises.
Repetitive stress injuries
Sometimes, work injuries accumulate over time and start off with minor symptoms. Such is the case with repetitive strain. Simple tasks such as swiping products at the cash register, mopping the floor or pumping gas can strain your soft tissues over time. This can result in carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and tendinitis.