OSHA asks retailers to protect employees on Black Friday

This coming Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is Black Friday.  Accordingly, retailers across the country will be opening early and offering huge sales for consumers looking to get started on their holiday shopping.

Last Thursday, officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a statement encouraging retailers to implement plans that will protect their employees from being injured on the job.  In particular, the agency recommends that retailers come up with crowd management strategies.  On Black Friday in 2008, a retail store employee was killed when a mob of shoppers rushed the store and he was trampled.

The statement included a tip sheet which suggests using an online lottery for more desirable items to prevent crowd rushing or fights among shoppers, implementing additional communication systems like using bullhorns, and designating certain workers to call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency or injury.

If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, contact the Raleigh workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC at 919-851-3311 to speak with one of our attorneys.