Stores in California and throughout the nation can be fairly hazardous places due to their potential for employees (along with customers) to have trip, slip or fall accidents. There can be a variety of reasons for falling down in a typical store setting.
According to the National Institute for Safety and Health (NIOSH) website, “Spills, ice, snow, rain, loose mats, rugs, and stepladders are some of the common causes of slips, trips and falls. In addition, poor lighting and clutter can cause injuries such as sprains, strains, bruises, bumps, fractures, scratches and cuts.”
A stray clothes hanger could be lying on a floor unseen until a worker slips or trips over it. A shopper could have dropped a container of food that came wide open upon landing the floor, spilling its liquid contents everywhere, creating a threat to your safety. There might be jagged shards of glass as well. A loose linoleum tile can catch the heel of your shoe, leading to an awkward fall that can hurt you.
Dealing with trip, slip and fall dangers in stores
If you are employed in a store, be on your guard for hazards. Ward off accidents if you can by being alert and proactive. Some measures that you might want to take include ensuring:
- Rubber mats or those made of carpeting are firmly secured to floors.
- Ladders can be perilous to use. You might have to stand on one to reach merchandise on a high shelf, for example. Any ladder you use should always be positioned on a level floor. Familiarize yourself with ladder safety rules.
- That you watch out for anything wet on floors. Even a small puddle of water is a threat. Wipe it up or get someone else to do it fast.
- Make sure that a person in a capacity senior to you knows there is a hazard if you spot one. Ask that it be eliminated immediately.
Use common sense and do whatever you can to avoid accidents that could injure you, a co-worker or a member of the public. You might be able to recover compensation if you get hurt.