Shop Till You’re Dropped – Falling Merchandise in Big Box Stores

Safety over profits is a fundamental principle with which every retailer must abide. Unfortunately, the Òbig boxÓ stores sprinkle their convenience with a high dose of greed, causing sometimes lethal results to customers. Falling merchandise injuries and deaths is a little-known nation-wide scandal. In order to maximize profits, the warehouse stores often stack too high and too densely, with no or inadequate barriers to prevent heavy merchandise falling from top shelves. In addition, staff are often underpaid and undertrained, leading to a dangerous situation for customers. These stores keep detailed computer databases of all injuries and so are aware of the hazards they create. Unless and until they are stopped by government regulations or large jury awards to consumers injured by their irresponsible practices, unsafe shelving will continue to injure, maim and kill.

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