The retail industry is the largest private-sector employer in the country. It helps to drive the economy and supports over 52 million jobs.
In Minnesota, retail supports about 25% of all jobs. While retail seems like a relatively safe industry to work in, employees are at-risk for at-work accidents, just like other jobs and industries.
Muscle sprains and strains
Strains are the top paid injury group for retail workers and require the most time away from the job, with an average of 33 days. Working and retail put staff at risk for muscle sprains and strains in several ways. They can be caused by pulling or pushing heavy loads, improper lifting techniques and repeatedly engaging in the same movement.
Scrapes, punctures and cuts
Many retail workers must use different types of sharp tools like knives and box cutters to open packaging and boxes. These types of sharp tools can cause cuts, scrapes and punctures to fingers, hands, and even other body parts. This is particularly risky if the blades are not used properly or safely.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls rank number three regarding retail worker injuries. They can occur because of cluttered areas, uneven parking lots or walkways and wet floors. Retail workers may also fall from a step stool or ladder while working in the stock room or on a display. Falls from heights can cause several injuries, including bruises and broken bones.
Your rights after a work-related accident
If you work in the retail industry and are injured on the job, you have the right to recover workers’ compensation benefits. Be sure to report the incident and seek medical treatment to protect your ability to get the benefits you deserve.