Retail cashiers provide a valuable service to their employers and help customers to get the items they need. Employers have to be sure they provide these workers with the safest work conditions possible. Part of this is ensuring that the workstations are set up in an ergonomically friendly way.
There are several things that can help to make the cash register area a bit better for the cashiers. Some of these are small adjustments that can make a big difference. Here are two:
Make use of power
Powered conveyor belts that have a sweeper to push items close to the cashier enable the cashier to only move within what’s considered the best work zone. They won’t have to lean over too far to get items.
Cashiers should also have scan guns that can help them to ring up large, heavy or bulky items.
Standing solutions, such as having a 4-inch kick space beneath the counter and a space to use as a footrest can make a big difference in leg fatigue. Anti-fatigue mats are also a good idea to help these cashiers. Allowing cashiers to sit during their shift or providing them with a lumbar support to lean against when they aren’t ringing people up provides them with rest that may prevent cumulative trauma injuries.
All retail workers, including cashiers, who suffer injuries at work should seek medical care. Workers’ compensation coverage takes care of medical bills for work-related injuries and can provide other benefits. It’s sometimes necessary to battle for the benefits you’re due so be sure you work with someone who’s familiar with these matters.