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Common occupational hazards for cashiers

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

There are numerous jobs everyone knows are risky. Construction workers and warehouse employees frequently deal with heavy equipment, and there exist some inherent dangers in those professions. However, some jobs are just as risky and could result in workers’ compensation claims, including cashiers.

In one recent study, cashiers had the fourth most dangerous job in the country. This may seem odd because the work does not seem hazardous, but employees and employers need to be aware of risks. If you suffer an injury while working as a cashier, then you need to be aware of your legal options.

The threat of armed robbery

Cashiers handle money. They have direct access to cash, so if someone wishes to rob a store, then they will hold up the cashier. Every retail store requires a robbery policy for what cashiers should do to minimize risk to themselves and others. The risk of a robbery increases if the store is close to the street where someone could easily walk up and hold the place up. This is why gas stations are frequently the victims of robberies.

Exposure to diseases

Even if a cashier works in a nice store, he or she has to deal directly with the public. More specifically, cashiers have to touch something handed to them by someone else. Customers could have illnesses, and they can spread those diseases to workers. Cashiers should have hand sanitizer on-hand to kill as many germs as possible.

Repetitive strain disorders

Cashiers typically have to perform the same task for hours on end. They have to push the same buttons over and over again, which can strain the wrists and hands. Over time, this can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. This is an extremely painful condition that may require surgery to resolve. Standing for hours on end can also lead to health problems, so it is paramount for cashiers to speak with their bosses to try to attain accommodation.

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