Workplace hazards are present in all industries. When you think about dangerous jobs, if you are like most, you may think of construction work, the manufacturing industry or even first responders. The truth is that hazards are not exclusive to more dangerous seeming jobs. In fact, seemingly harmless industries, like retail, may be even more dangerous than a job in a manufacturing warehouse.
According to the LA Times, long hours and other hazards may be responsible for the risk to retail employees.
How common are retail injuries?
If you look at the statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of 100 retail workers, about 3.5 suffered an injury or illness in 2018. This is higher than injuries and illnesses present amongst laborers in manufacturing. The most common injuries that workers report include:
- Strains and sprains
- General aches and pains
At times when workers have longer hours, injuries that force workers to take time off become more common.
Why are retail injuries common?
Retail work demands a lot from its employees. Those who are most at risk have jobs in home furnishing stores, tire dealers, supercenters and thrift stores. For employees who work in pet stores, the rate of injury is higher than any other job in the retail sector. Employees suffer injury or illnesses at a rate of seven out of 100 employees. Often, when it comes to retail injury, overexertion is a major problem. This is particularly true during times where a company may have a problem with understaffing or may have a busy period, such as holidays and other events.