Retail workers are at risk of a slip-and-fall accident
If you work a retail job in New York, you spend a lot of time on your feet. Retail jobs are more physical than people think.
Aside from standing behind a register, you likely spend a lot of time walking, bending and stretching as you clean the store, unpack inventory or rearrange shelves. This puts you at a higher risk of a slip-and-fall accident.
Your employer’s responsibilities
Your employer has a legal duty to keep your retail environment safe and free from unreasonable hazards that increase the chance that you may sustain an injury.
This includes training you properly. Many retail jobs involve the use of a ladder. Your employer must make sure ladders and similar equipment are properly maintained and train you how to use them. A fall off a ladder can cause serious injuries.
Reducing the accident risk
There are things you can do to decrease the chance of an accident. Tell your employer about any potential safety hazards, such as spills on the floor, as soon as possible.
After cleaning spills, check the floor. It may still be slippery, depending on the type of cleaning products used.
Cluttered areas also cause many accidents. Try to keep areas free from clutter and with enough open space for people to walk freely. This prevents trips from things such as cords, boxes or crumpled-up mats.
If you must walk up and down steps, use handrails and make sure proper lighting is available. Poor lighting contributes to the risk of an accident.
You cannot afford an injury
Injuries from slipping or tripping at your retail job can cause serious injuries. You may experience significant pain and suffering or lose out on wages because of missing work and the cost of treating your injuries may be quite high.
A personal injury action for negligence could help you recover compensation. Experienced attorneys can help you with proving negligence.