AAGR Safety E-news
July 2017 

The Association of All Great Retailers (AAGR) is a Farmers Insurance Workers Comp safety group dedicated to serving, promoting and protecting California retailers.

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     Employee Safety in Retail   

How do we protect the employee safety of at risk workers?

Employees in retail are an incredibly valuable part of our society. They make our every day lives easier by allowing us to shop on the go, and retail sales contribute to our economy. In fact, there are an estimated 3 million people working in retail throughout the US to deliver these much needed services. Yet sadly, two surveys released last month reveal that a shocking number of retail workers are abused, threatened or physically assaulted on a regular basis. 

Assault statistics

A survey bu USDAQ1 of 2,356 shop workers found that an alarming 241  employees are assaulted every single day. 52% of respondents had been verbally assaulted and 30% had been threatened in 2015 alone. A second large scale survey by BRC2 found that there were 41 incidents of abuse per 1,000 employees. 21 of these were violent and some even included the use of a weapon such as a knife or gun. And with many incidents going unreported, particularly in non-physical cases, accurate figures are likely to be much higher.

Luckily,  the nature of the retail environment usually means implementing safety procedures, such as CCTV and panic buttons are the norm. Safety is generally taken seriously with an average cost of $3.1 million being spent on crime prevention per retailer every year.    Read more

Solutions to Control Hazards: Ergonomics 
Many industries have successfully implemented ergonomic solutions in their facilities as a way to address their workers' MSD injury risks. These interventions have included modifying existing equipment, making changes in work practices and purchasing new tools or other devices to assist in the production process. 

Making these changes has reduced physical demands, eliminated unnecessary movements movements, lowered injury rates and their associated workers' compensation costs, and reduced employee turnover. In many cases, work efficiency and productivity have increased as well. Read More