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Stocking Injuries at Grocery and Big Box Stores

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South Florida is full of grocery stores like Publix, Winn Dixie, and Whole Foods, as well as big box stores like Walmart and Target, where employees are hired primarily as stockers. While these jobs are often sought by part-time high school workers during the school year or over breaks, as well as by retirees in the area looking for part-time jobs, stocker job responsibilities can be demanding and dangerous. Even if an experienced stocker is working full-time in this capacity, they can be susceptible to serious on-the-job injuries, as well.

When a stocker at a retail store in South Florida sustains an injury, it is critical to get in touch with one of the Sunrise workers’ compensation attorneys at our firm for assistance. We can tell you more about the hazards associated with this type of job, and we can help you to seek the benefits you need in the aftermath of an injury.

Stockers and Stock Clerk Job Duties 

What kinds of jobs do stockers and stock clerks do that can put them at risk for an injury on the job? The following are common responsibilities for stockers and stock clerks at grocery stores, big box stores, and other retail outlets, according to Indeed.com:

  • Managing the conditions where products are received and stored in the warehouse;
  • Disposing trash and ensuring that the warehouse is cleaned and organized;
  • Receiving and unloading goods and merchandise into the warehouse as it is delivered;
  • Storing merchandise and goods appropriately in the warehouse;
  • Keeping track of inventory;
  • Transporting goods around the warehouse;
  • Moving merchandise from the warehouse into the retail store aisles and shelves;
  • Arranging and stocking merchandise on store shelves;
  • Cleaning the retail store or arranging for cleaning; and
  • Interacting with customers while performing tasks in the retail space.

Common Types of Injuries Impacting Stockers or Stock Clerks at Grocery and Big Box Stores

According to Indeed.com, the jobs of stockers or stock clerks also involve regular tasks with heavy machinery, which can lead to struck-by accidents, crush injuries, and serious falls. Other job tasks mentioned above can also lead to injuries like slips and falls, repetitive motion injuries, lifting injuries, and cuts and lacerations. Some of the most common injuries impacting stockers include but are not limited to:

  • Broken bones;
  • Sprains;
  • Strains;
  • Back injuries;
  • Neck injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries and other forms of head trauma;
  • Traumatic amputations;
  • Cuts or lacerations; and
  • Abrasions or contusions.

Contact a Sunrise Workers’ Compensation Attorney 

Stockers or stock clerks perform many different tasks at grocery stores and supermarkets, big box stores, and in other retail environments. While some job tasks are relatively straightforward and come with few injury risks, others can be dangerous. Whether you were injured in an unexpected slip and fall while walking between the store aisles and the warehouse or while receiving or moving merchandise, you may be eligible to seek workers’ compensation benefits in Florida. An experienced Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. is here to speak with you about your work injury and to help you seek workers’ compensation benefits, which can include medical coverage, wage loss benefits, and more. Contact us today for assistance.

Sources:

indeed.com/hire/job-description/stocker

flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2017/Chap

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