As an employee at your local grocery store, you’ve worked hard to make sure your customers have access to the food and items that they need. That often means stocking shelves for hours on end or being asked to cover a shift for a cashier, handling hundreds to thousands of items each day.
There are dozens of injuries that can happen in a supermarket or grocery store. From slipping and falling on wet floors to repetitive-strain injuries from lifting items throughout the course of a shift, there are many reasons why you may end up getting hurt.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were around 556,220 stock clerks and order fillers who worked in the United States in 2019, and there were around 940,170 cashiers. With several hundred thousand butchers, supervisors/managers and food preparation workers in the field as well, it’s not surprising that injuries happen. There are many people doing these jobs, so mistakes will happen.
When they do, then those incidents can lead to injuries and deaths. For example, in 2018, there were around 4.3 reported injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers in this industry. Around 2.8 cases out of 100 ended up resulting in days away from work, job transfers or job restrictions being made.
As a grocery clerk, stocker or other person working in the facility, know that you may have a right to pursue compensation if you’re hurt on the job. You deserve an opportunity to get medical care for any injuries that you suffer, and you may be able to seek compensation for what you’ve been through as well. Your employer should be willing to help you with your workers’ compensation claim. If they are not, or if you need more support, your attorney can assist you.