Those who work retail in Chicago are accustomed to the downsides of the job: irregular hours, stressed-out customers and long periods standing on one's feet. However, thanks to the increased frenzy surrounding "Black Friday" sales and hours at many retailers, those who work as sales associates may be at risk for work-related injuries around the holidays.
The conditions of the weekend after Thanksgiving are ripe for a work-related accident. It was estimated that 140 million shoppers would crowd retailers on the days following the federal holiday. This past Black Friday, a video circulated on the internet showing a shopper being handcuffed after a scuffle at a Walmart store. According to Walmart's current CEO of its U.S. division, there are bound to be incidents like this whenever you have millions of people converging on retailers at the same time.