How do retail staff develop Repetitive Strain Injuries?
Working in a shop might not sound like a particularly dangerous occupation but you might be surprised how many people who work in retail become injured each year as a result of repetitive strain injuries. Different roles within retail carry different risks, but in all cases employers have a responsibility to look after the health and welfare of their employees.
Warehouse staff might find themselves frequently reaching to high or low shelves while carrying heavy boxes. This can put strain on the back and shoulders and over time this can lead to serious injuries developing unless suitable equipment and training is provided. In food retail workers are often required to work within cold environments – this can increase the risk of repetitive strain injury because of the additional stress the body is put under.
Checkout operators perform a very repetitive task that is often combined with a high risk of poor posture. The constant swiping of products through a scanner while perched on a swivelling chair that might not be at the correct height can increase the risk of damage to arms and hands, alongside potential neck and shoulder injuries due to the repetitive movements.
Shelf stackers are responsible for ensuring that the products for sale are neatly displayed and easy for the customers to access. Depending on the size of the shop, and hence the size of the display, this role can be risky in terms of repetition of movements. Displaying a case of baked beans doesn’t sound very dangerous, but if the pallet is on the floor and the display is at eye-height the constant lifting of items can put strain on the back and shoulders.
Supermarkets pride themselves on holding the right amount of stock for their customers and so shelf stackers can find themselves performing these repetitive tasks through their working day.
Anyone who engages in high intensity work for long periods of time, particularly those who operate at awkward angles or in cold temperatures, is at risk of developing repetitive strain injuries. Initially these can simply cause discomfort, but if left untreated – particularly if the sufferer continues to put strain on an injured joint, muscle or limb – can lead to permanent injury.
What can I do about it?
If you or someone you care for has worked in retail and is suffering from a repetitive stain injury you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact us today for a free, no obligation discussion about your case and let us see how we can help you get the payout you deserve.
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