Home Depot, a chain of home improvement warehouses, is under attack from consumer interest groups because of the risks of falling merchandise
. Stacking heavy products on high shelves has resulted in countless consumer injuries. Personal injury lawsuits involving such accidents are being filed with increasing frequency.
In an eight month period in 2000, three people sustained fatal injuries at Home Depot stores due to falling merchandise. According to reports, including a recent story filed by 20/20
, Home Depot stores neglect safety measures when stocking merchandise. Forklifts with heavy loads often work dangerously close to customers, increasing their chance of sustaining injury. Restraining bars are often unused and heavy merchandise hangs over shelves.
Customers of Home Depot enjoy little Federal regulatory protection from falling merchandise. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will only inspect a store if an employee is injured. Consumer watchdog groups are demanding the introduction of safety nets and rail systems to prevent merchandise-related accidents.
Critics argue that store owners often improperly secure areas before merchandise is shelved. Head
, brain, neck, spinal, back
and shoulder injuries are often reported by customers and employees who are the victims of falling merchandise.
See your doctor if you have been injured on the property of another. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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