How Vulnerable Shop Workers Are to Accidents

How Vulnerable Shop Workers Are to Accidents

Various hazards or potential dangers are always present in shops, may it be a metal, wood, automotive, retail, or a food shop. From this wide array of risks, workers become susceptible to injuries.

Most shops try to keep the working environment secure and harmless. Unfortunately, being unable to conduct regular equipment maintenance and follow due process, work ethics, and standards, may pose significant threat to the employees. Some of these shop accidents include the following.


This type of accident in workplaces frequently involves usage of a ladder. At times, the height of the ladder may not suffice to reach needed goods, thus workers have to overextend themselves. Such may cause the ladder to wiggle and become unstable. A person may fall from the ladder and acquire head and neck trauma, back injuries, and limb fractures.

Electric Shock

Because of inattention, electrical equipment may be placed or left near water sources or cords with power supplies and cause electric shock. Two types of injury can happen following an electric shock: burn to tissues and heart rhythm abnormalities.

Burns that are caused by electric current are more serious than they seem. The current is transported to the blood vessels, muscle tissues, nerves and all of which can become disrupted. In addition, it can also stop and impair the normal rhythm of the heart.

Eye or Ear Injuries

Damage to the eyes can be obtained from small pieces of wood and chemical substances that get into the eyes. This usually happens when workers do not make use of safety glasses.

On the other hand, loud machines can lead to ear injuries such as hearing loss. Aside from the noisy working environment, dust particles that enter the ears and spread staphylococcal bacteria which cause inability to hear clearly.

Lifting of Heavy Materials or Objects

Frequently, back injuries, arm fractures, as well as foot injuries may be acquired from lifting heavy materials. As much as possible, workers should be provided with equipment that will help lessen the amount of load a worker has to carry from one place to another. When such machinery is not available or lifting becomes inevitable in the workplace, workers must undergo extensive training on how to carry dense objects properly and safely.

Faulty Equipment and Unsafe Machinery

Because of mechanical failure, work equipment and machines may become hazardous to shop workers. Pulleys and levers which are utilized for towing up products and goods may have broken parts and pieces. This can stop operating, may tip over, and goods may fall on unsuspicious laborers. Moreover, a worker who did not receive proper training on how to operate sharp machineries such as meat slicers may get wounded or in more severe instances, may get amputations.

Injuries Caused by Co-workers

Aside from shop materials and equipment, colleagues may also bring each other close to getting injured. Accidents caused by co-workers can occur from a physical attack or a prank that led to a fall or slip. Negligence on the part of a co-worker during the conduct of delicate operations such as driving a fork lift vehicle, is also another cause of injury.