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Workplace Injuries at Target Stores

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Target stores are popular places for residents of South Florida to work and to shop, and for visitors to the area to stop in for various household goods, food products, and other consumer items. As a “general merchandise retailer,” Target serves a wide range of customers and employs workers in various capacities throughout its stores. In total, throughout the country, Target Corporation employs more than 400,000 workers. According to Target Corporation, about 75 percent of the US population, including people in South Florida, live within 10 miles or less of a Target store. For Floridians looking for a nearby job, or part-time or seasonal work, the proximity of a Target store to their home can make a job there seem ideal.

Yet similar to other retail environments, there are various workplace hazards that come with jobs at a Target store, from injuries that can occur while working at a cash register to slip and fall injuries that can happen in one of the aisles to falls from heights that can occur in stockroom areas. Our Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation lawyers can tell you more.

Types of Jobs at Target Stores in South Florida 

In order to understand the different types of injury risks that can accompany certain jobs at Target stores, it is important to learn more about the various departments and services where Target workers are employed. According to Target Corporation, the stores throughout the country employ people at cash register/cashier positions, in stockrooms, in custodial work, and in all of the following departments:

  • Food and beverages;
  • Apparel;
  • Household products;
  • Furniture;
  • Patio and garden products;
  • Kitchen and dining products;
  • Toys;
  • Electronics;
  • Musical instruments;
  • Movies, music, video games, and books;
  • Sports and outdoors products;
  • Beauty and personal care;
  • Pets;
  • Luggage;
  • School supplies and office supplies; and
  • Party supplies.

Most Common Types of Injuries at Target Stores and in Retail Work 

What kinds of injuries do workers at Target stores in the departments and positions above tend to sustain on the job? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the following are the most common types of accidents or incidents in retail stores like Targets that result in debilitating injuries and missed workdays:

  • Overexertion;
  • Bodily reaction incidents;
  • Struck-by accidents or caught in or between accidents that involve contact with objects or equipment in the workplace;
  • Slip, trip, and fall injuries;
  • Transportation accidents;
  • Hazardous exposure accidents, such as exposure to hazardous substances or work in hazardous environments;
  • Violence committed by other employees or customers;
  • Fires; and
  • Explosions.

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

 Anyone who was injured while working at a Target store in Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere in South Florida should seek help from a lawyer. One of the experienced Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. can talk with you today to learn more about your workplace injury and to advise you about the next steps for obtaining workers’ compensation benefits. Our firm has years of experience representing injured workers in the Fort Lauderdale area and throughout South Florida, and we are here to provide you with more information and to assist you with your claim.

Sources:

corporate.target.com/about/products-services

bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/rate-and-number-of-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-in-retail-trade-increased-in-2018.htm

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