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Stockers face significant injury risks at work

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Merchandise stockers, or retail stock associates, are essential in maintaining a store’s inventory and ensuring a smooth shopping experience. However, this job can have several potential risks, often leading to injuries. 

These injuries typically stem from repetitive motions, lifting heavy objects and potential slips and falls.

Repetitive motion injuries

Merchandise stockers often perform the same actions throughout their shifts, such as bending to pick up items, reaching for products and scanning them. This continuous repetition can lead to strain injuries, often affecting the back, neck and joints. Carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition caused by repetitive hand and wrist movements, is a common concern.

Injuries from lifting heavy objects

Heavy lifting is a common task for merchandise stockers, making them susceptible to injuries related to this activity. Heavy boxes and merchandise can lead to muscle strains or sprains if not lifted correctly, particularly in the back. This can even result in herniated discs or other serious back injuries in severe cases.

Slips, trips and falls

In a bustling retail environment, slips, trips and falls are all too common. Stockers may encounter hazards such as spilled liquids, cluttered aisles or improperly stacked merchandise. These can lead to injuries ranging from minor bruises and sprains to more severe issues like fractures or head injuries.

While merchandise stockers play a crucial role in retail operations, the nature of their work exposes them to several injury risks. Employers should take proactive measures to protect their employees, such as providing safety training and maintaining a safe work environment. Workers who are injured at work may choose to pursue a workers’ compensation claim.