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3 hazards in retail workplaces

If you have a retail job, chances are your workplace is not your favorite place in the world to be. Even if you are lucky to have good co-workers, working in retail can be a hassle. Whether you work at a clothing store, coffee shop, grocery store, auto store or any other type of retail establishment, you should be aware of the potential injuries you may get on the job.

Sometimes a retail job is not just mundane or frustrating. Serious accidents can occur. Here is a list of some ways you may get an injury while working in a retail environment.

1. Repetitive movements

You may think that simple tasks such as stocking shelves, making coffee or pushing carts are completely safe. However, these everyday responsibilities can take a toll on your body. Certain tasks may result in chronic injuries over time. Repetitive movements may cause carpal tunnel syndrome or trigger finger. In order to prevent these injuries from happening, your employer should give you frequent breaks and provide you with an ergonomic working environment.

2. Slippery or obstructed surfaces

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, retail workplaces are full of walkways, entryways and other surfaces that may cause you to slip or trip. These accidents may result in a serious fall. Falling at work can result in a variety of injuries, including fractures, bruises, sprains, strains and brain injuries. Rain, spills, loose mats, poor lighting and clutter are all hazardous situations you may encounter at your job.

3. Machines, equipment, supplies and tools

There may be a number of pieces of equipment or machinery at your workplace that may injure you. Some of these include forklifts, knives, conveyor belts, ladders and cleaning chemicals. Due to the variety of potentially hazardous objects, the possible injuries are numerous too, from cuts to getting crushed.

Knowing the dangers in your workplace is the first step to staying safe.

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