Owners of retail stores in San Diego must protect the safety of both their customers and their employees. The hazards to which workers in retail stores are exposed do not always receive the necessary consideration. Workplace injuries in this industry often result from mismatched job requirements to employees’ physical capabilities. Overexertion from frequent lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying of merchandise could lead to musculoskeletal disorders.

Without mechanical systems to cycle fresh air through the facility, stores without windows to open can build up accumulations of fungus, mold and other health threats. Retail workers also face fire hazards due to inappropriately stored chemicals, the proximity of heat sources and combustibles, damaged electrical cords, and more. All retail employees should be familiar with the locations of fire extinguishers and the proper way to use them.

Owners of stores that are located in areas known for earthquakes, tornadoes or other natural disasters must teach employees safety precautions to take in such events. Crime is another threat for retail workers, and business owners must protect workers by installing security surveillance and alarm systems. Also, the services of a security guard might be invaluable.

Retail workers in San Diego who have suffered injuries as the result of these or other safety hazards might be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney with experience in dealing with the state-regulated insurance program can navigate the benefits claims process, allowing the injured worker the opportunity to recover. Benefits typically cover medical expenses along with a percentage of lost wages for those whose injuries prevented them from returning to work for some time.