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Grocery store worker - front counter

This position involves scanning and packing grocery items for purchase, and packing the items in grocery bags.

Other duties include cash handling, selecting items for purchase from the cigarette cabinet, and general housekeeping/cleaning duties.

Tasks and tools used

  • Using the scanner to scan products
  • Transferring products from the conveyor belt through the scanner to the bags
  • Operating the cash register and EFTPOS

Personal protective equipment

  • N/A

Critical physical job demands and other task requirements

Critical job
demand descriptor

% of time the
task is performed




Static standing, reaching in front of body, head-down tasks, gross handling of various shaped items with fingers/hands.



Forward leaning, twisting trunk, lifting items <5kgs from mid thigh to waist height, head rotation tasks.






Bending, walking, squatting, kneeling, reaching overhead, looking overhead.

No sitting, backward bending, lifting floor-to-mid thigh, lifting waist-to-shoulder, carrying, pushing, pulling, holding/supporting/straining, fine dexterity, climbing, balancing.

Suitable duties

  • goals must be clear, realistic and achievable
  • must have 'buy-in' from the worker
  • worker helps to set the goals, and must be answerable if goals are not met (this allows barriers to return to work to be identified at an early stage and obstacles overcome)
  • workers need to understand they have an obligation to participate in rehabilitation and return to work as per Section 232 of the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act).

Return to work suggestions

Worker can begin with light duties and include more tasks as their capacity for work changes. We'll work with all parties, including the treating medical provider, employer and worker to ensure everyone is aware of where the worker is with their rehabilitation and stay at, or return to work.

Note: some tasks are dependent on worker's injury and capacity, and some tasks may require the assistance of a co-worker.


Return to work can begin at home for those having difficulty with transport, medication or the injury prevents them from returning to work.

If the worker needs to take a break from work, their rehabilitation can still begin at home. Tasks can include:

  • video on safety issues can be viewed (lying in bed if injury type requires)
  • computer-based programs, CDs or DVD on work-related subjects
  • phone-based work
  • emails
  • training
  • other worksite inductions
  • checking or auditing paperwork, e.g. helping the WHSO audit lost time injuries (LTI's) for a six-month period.

Host employment

In the event an employer is unable to provide suitable duties, a host placement may be required. If this is the case, the worker may be placed at a different employer in a graduated return to work plan until they're able to 'upgrade' back to his/her pre-injury role with their pre-injury employer.

WorkCover's Recover at work program places injured workers in short term host employment with employers who have an established track record of successful return to work outcomes with their own workers.

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