Uncovering the dangers of the leisure industry
- AuthorKate Sweeney
The leisure industry can be a dangerous place, both for those who work in it and the patrons who use the facilities.
It was recently reported on BBC News that a man was crushed to death as he positioned a fairground ride at a park in Northamptonshire.
Huge emergency operation at Old Trafford
Another worker, this time a digger driver, escaped with his life, but was seriously injured in a dramatic incident at Old Trafford Cricket Ground late last month. Part of a stand collapsed, trapping the 30-year old in the cab of the vehicle. Fire fighters managed to cut him free amidst an extensive emergency services operation and he was taken to hospital with broken bones in both legs.
Both incidents are being investigated and if those responsible for the health and safety of the workers are found to have neglected their legal duties, compensation claims could be made against them.
Leisure park users also at risk
Workers aren’t the only people who face dangers at leisure facilities. An eleven year old boy died when he fell from a zip wire ride – the SwampFlyer - at an adventure park in North Wales. He was airlifted to hospital but later died due to having sustained severe head injuries.
An investigation is underway and, if staff negligence is found to be to blame, the family of the boy will no doubt look to be compensated for their loss.
If you have suffered an accident at a leisure facility, whether as a worker or a visitor, you could be entitled to compensation. Speak to the personal injury claims solicitors at Stephensons; they have specific experience in handling claims for accidents at work and at leisure, incidents involving children, and fatal accidents. Call us in confidence on 0844 245 6601.
By personal injury solicitor, Kate Sweeney