Retail Trade

Retail Trade
The retail sector is often where young people aged between 15 and 24 find their first job and balance work with study. In Western Australia, young people aged 15-19 years are mainly employed in part-time or casual positions in the retail sector.
There are many roles for young people in the retail industry, including:
  • sales assistants
  • checkout operators
  • stock fillers and product pricing
  • apprentice butchers
  • warehouse storeperson
  • store cleaners
  • delivery drivers.

Be aware!


of work-related injuries in this industry happened to young workers.

Top incident causing injuries were from:

Muscular stress
Slips, trips and falls
Hitting by knives and cutlery
Hitting stationary objects
Being hit by moving objects
Being hit by falling objects
Falling from height (ladders)
Being trapped by moving machinery and equipment

Other hazardous areas to look out for:


Electrical safety

Contact with a chemical or hazardous substance

Violence and aggression

Source: WorkCover WA (2020). Workers’ compensation Western Australian claims data 2014-15 to 2018-19

Note: Calculation based on a five-year total from 2014-15 to 2018-19. Based on the percentage of all incidents, the combination of all injuries is not equal to 100%

Injuries are measured by number of LTI/Ds (1+days/shifts lost)

SmartMove retail trade industry is classified under ANZSIC 2006 – Division G.

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