21 August 2015
Avoiding Festival Injuries: Keeping Safe During UK Festival Season
If you’re getting geared up for a festival field in the UK or overseas, take a look at our quick guide to avoiding a festival injury.
If you’re a first-time festival goer you may well have had a word of caution from a parent but, as personal injury lawyers, we’ve put together a short list of things to be mindful of when you head for the festival fields with your tent and supplies.
Dare we say it, it might not rain. Then again, this is England and it’s very possible. Whereas you wouldn’t be able to make a public liability compensation claim for personal injury if you slipped in the field, the wet weather could make public facilities a risk, especially if unattended by management for health and safety purposes.
It might sound like we’re being funny, but public toilet injuries are no laughing matter and wet weather and poor hygiene standards have, in the past, made festival toilets not only unappealing, but potentially dangerous. Accidents in public toilets aren’t always dramatic and far-fetched. Often accidents are caused by the significant risk of slips and falls in public toilets which are not always regularly serviced and cleaned, sometimes falling short of health and safety standards. One of the most common concussion scenarios is when someone slips on a wet bathroom floor, hitting their head.
If you’re taking a tent and barbecue as many do, be aware when barbecuing that carbon monoxide poisoning is as great a threat as food poisoning. Here we’ve provided some food for thought on ensuring carbon monoxide poisoning doesn’t spoil your barbecue. Take a look at our short guide to staying safe when barbecuing at a festival:
- If using a gas-powered barbecue, ensure there are no leaks in the pipe, and that it has been left undamaged whilst in storage. Make sure the gas taps are turned off before changing the gas cylinder, and always do so in a well-ventilated area. When you have finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off the barbecue so that any gas in the pipeline is used up.
- Light your barbecue in an open area with plenty of fresh air. If the British weather forces you beneath shelter, the area must have plenty of ventilation.
- Never take a lit or smouldering barbeque into an enclosed area, tent, caravan, or small room. Even if you have finished cooking, or it has cooled down, a barbeque will give off fumes for hours after being lit.
- If camping, or enjoying your barbecue in a cabin or enclosed space, make sure the barbecue is not used or left nearby so that the fumes do not find their way in.
As always at any public event, taking caution, care and vigilance in looking out for the safety of others is important. Despite weather conditions that are out of their hands, festival owners and management owe it to their staff and those in attendance to take out public liability insurance so that, in the event a public liability compensation claim is brought to them, both parties are protected.
Heading for a festival overseas? See our blog on why travel insurance is important for overseas festivals.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation for people injured in accidents that were not their fault. If you were injured on or off the toilet, call our Personal Injury Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help you. Your claim will be assessed on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support are available anywhere in the UK.
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