Going to the grocery store or supermarket is a chore. You have to remember everything that your family needs, compare prices between brands, and organize how you place items in the cart or on the conveyor belt at the cash register to minimize the risk of your produce, eggs or bread getting totally smashed by heavier items.
With so much of your mental energy going into the actual process of shopping, you may not pay very close attention to your surroundings. Unfortunately, supermarkets are a common location for people to suffer slip-and-fall injuries. Where are you most likely to slip and get hurt while grocery shopping?
Right at the entrance
As people come in from outside, they tend to brush off their shoes and shake off any precipitation on their clothing. Moisture and dirt around the entranceway could lead to someone losing balance and falling. Stores usually put down special rugs to make entrance safer, but those rugs can also be a tripping hazard if the store doesn’t properly anchor them and make sure that they are clean and dry.
In the aisles with dry goods and food products
People sometimes spill things while they shop. They might drop a jar of salsa on the ground and then walk away, embarrassed to call attention to their blooper, leaving a wet mess on the ground. They might knock over a display of candy, leaving small hard objects behind that people could easily slip on later. Businesses should constantly look for spills and broken merchandise so that people don’t get hurt.
Near refrigeration units and freezers
You could easily slip and get hurt if a fridge or freezer has defrosted and left a puddle or condensation on the outside has moistened to the floor. Even if the refrigerators and freezers are in excellent condition, the cords that power them could lead to people tripping if the business doesn’t use the right covers for those power cords.
You could potentially experience a slip-and-fall anywhere in the store. There might be one section of floor that got way too much wax the last time they polished the floors or an errant power cord on the floor far from any signage or fridges.
Identifying where your risks are the highest can reduce your risk of a slip-and-fall injury when grocery shopping.