Are you a retail employee with a workplace injury? You probably never thought of your job as hazardous, but retail work can lead to serious ailments. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 77,500 of Georgia’s private industry employees reported workplace injuries in 2018. More than half needed time off work. 

If you need medical care and coverage for lost wages due to a job-related injury, you may need workers’ compensation benefits. Here is what you need to know about your retail workplace. 

Hazards

Retail spaces are home to many hazards, including: 

  • Clutter in the aisles that may trip workers 
  • Spills that make floors slippery 
  • Merchandise that may fall and strike employees 
  • Fixtures and merchandise that may cause injury during assembly or relocation 
  • Customers and colleagues who can become violent 

Unlike other workplaces, your station is never just your own; others are constantly in your area. Customers and inexperienced co-workers may compound these problems. 

Injuries 

As a retail employee, you may trip over items in cluttered aisles, or slip on wet floors. Both trips and slips may result in falls. If you fall at work, the severity of your injuries depends on several factors, including how you land and if you strike anything on the way down. Consequences range from cuts and bruises to muscle sprains to spinal cord damage. 

If heavy merchandise or fixtures strike you, you may sustain a concussion or more extreme traumatic brain injury. Violence can result in any number of outcomes. 

Being careful is your first line of defense. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. If you sustain a work-related injury at your retail job, know your rights and get the care you deserve.