In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that for all workers there were 365,580 cases of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as sprains or strains resulting from overexertion in lifting. Workers who sustained an MSD required a median of 13 days to recuperate before returning to work in 2014, compared to 9 days for all types of cases, and up from 11 days in 2013.
A significant workers compensation hazard for grocery stores is material handling and lifting. Employees may be lifting throughout the entire day without drastic effects. However, there are lifts that can be potentially dangerous to their back and overall body.
I conducted a random sampling of 10 Society Insurance customers that operate grocery stores and have determined the maximum average weight lifted on a day-to-day basis. The averages from the samples are as follows: (more…)
Meat slicers are an essential tool for any deli, grocery store or supermarket, as well as many restaurants, allowing for precisely sliced and sized meats and cheeses. Used incorrectly and without caution, however, they can seriously injure employees.
A study over a four-year period found meat slicers accounted for more than 700 restaurant worker injuries and 100,000 days of lost work. Capable of spinning at tremendous speeds, the machine’s sharp blade is an ever-present danger to any employee operating it, even when it’s powered off.
Providing the proper training and equipment is the best way of dulling employees’ chance of injury. Teach these small details to cut down on potential problems: (more…)
One of the greatest risks grocery and convenience stores face is oftentimes right under your feet: slippery floors. In a study conducted by the National Safety Council over 8 million annual emergency hospital visits result from slips and falls. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these incidents also lead the country in workers compensation claims and rank as the second highest cause of accidental death.
Grocery and convenience stores are especially susceptible to wet floors because of heavy foot traffic, spillage and leaks from refrigerators. If an employee or customer happened to slip and injure themself while on your premises, your business could be held responsible. (more…)
Deli, grocery and restaurant workers regularly wield knives and other sharp machinery to slice and serve food to customers. This puts them at an elevated risk for cuts and other dangers. In 2009 alone, supermarket and grocery store workers suffered 4,540 injuries from lacerations.
Many cuts go unreported, and most workers don’t bother receiving first aid for their injuries. However, a small knick left untreated can become infected and lead to a host of greater health issues. You might then lose a valuable employee to sick leave or workers compensation.
Though it’s always smart to have a workers comp policy in place, you can help your workers protect themselves by stressing these 10 details in your safety training. (more…)
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