Causes of Falling Merchandise Accidents

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Supermarket Store Accident AttorneyMost falling merchandise accidents occur in the months of October, November, December and January. Most stores often overstock their shelves during the months leading up to the winter holiday season. December and January are the biggest months in terms of sales for almost every store. These stores are going to do everything they can to maximize sales during this busy season. Sometimes that means overstocking shelves to dangerous levels.

Falling goods/merchandise accidents occur for many reasons, including:

Stacking Merchandise Too High: Almost every retail warehouse store stacks merchandise on shelving units that are sometimes 17 feet above floor. Some aisles have large ladders on wheels that allow customers or employees to wheel the ladder over to a desired product on a shelf. The employee or customer then has to climb up on the ladder and carry the product back down the ladder. Merchandise accidents often result under these circumstances. Other times stores aren’t equipped with these ladders or steeping stools and as a result customers have to climb on the shelving units in order to reach the merchandise.

Loose Merchandise Not Secured On Shelves: Merchandise is usually stacked freestanding on shelving units. As a result merchandise isn’t secured with bars or any safety restraints. Securing merchandise with netting or fences takes too much manpower, is too costly and makes it difficult to get the merchandise in the customer’s hands fast. This unsecured merchandise is prone to falling off the shelf and landing on customers.

Improper Employee Training and Supervision: Oftentimes employees improperly stack large boxes on smaller boxes or heavy boxes on light boxes. The smaller and lighter boxes can cave in causing the boxes to topple over the side of the shelves and land on customers. Shopping carts can bump into the shelving units causing them to shack and sway forcing the improperly stack and unstable merchandise to tip over. Sometimes the merchandise is bigger than the shelving unit. This leaves the merchandise hanging over the edge. This merchandise is also prone to falling if the shelving unit is shook or a customer reaching for it accidentally tips it over while reaching to take it off the shelf.

Inadequate Warning Signs: Most customers are struck by falling merchandise without warning. Falling merchandise is the last thing that is on customers minds when they walk into a store. Most customers aren’t aware of the fact that falling merchandise accidents are very common and as a result aren’t on the lookout for falling items and don’t reach for merchandise with as much care and attention as they should.

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