Health and Safety Regulations
Overcrowding is a major issue at many festivals so it is important that the right steps are taken in order to reduce the risk of an accident occurring. Accidents can happen in any area of a festival or concert so it is essential that there are health and safety regulations and procedures in place in order to prevent injuries from being sustained.
Injuries can be sustained by people of all ages but it is important to note that concert and festival goers are aware that there are potential risks associated with any event in a public place. Making a concert accident claim is an option that some may take but often are unsure of how to get started. If you have sustained an injury while attending a concert or festival which was caused by the negligence of another party and would like to know more contact a personal injury solicitor to discuss.
Who is Liable?
When making any kind of a claim it is important to determine who is liable for the cause if the injuries sustained or the accident which you have been involved in. In some cases, this can be difficult to do depending on the circumstances in which the accident occurred.
The music venue may be found liable if a person sustained an injury on their premises or if the premises was found to be unsafe for the public. They must carry out frequent risk assessments which help them to both identify and eliminate potential hazards which could lead to injuries. They also have a responsibility for ensuring that the premises are kept clean and safe for all users. Failing to do so could result in an accident.
As music festivals generally occur outside in public places it can be difficult to determine liability. It is often the case that the organisers of the festival or concert are found liable for failing to ensure the health and safety of attendees. They also have a responsibility and duty of care to ensure that there are regulations and procedures in place which will help to prevent both accidents and injuries.
Injuries are not just sustained by attendees of the concert or festival but also by employees who are working at the event. All employers, no matter where the work is being carried out, should ensure that the health and safety of their employees is a priority. An important part of this is ensuring that all employees have received adequate training which will allow them to carry out their job in a safe and risk-free manner. It is also important that employees receive adequate rest breaks throughout the course of their work. An important part of safety in the workplace is making sure that the working environment is practical for the work that is to be carried out. Failing to do so could result in an accident at work which the employer could be found liable for.
Injuries sustained in concert accident claims include:
Overcrowding is one of the leading causes of injuries sustained at a concert or festival. As there will be a large number of people attending the concert it is important that there are procedures in place to deal with crowd control. Ticket sellers should also ensure that there are not too many tickets sold. Many injuries caused by overcrowding occur following the concert or festival where there will be large groups of people exiting the venue at the same time. There should be procedures in place to stop this from happening and the crowd should exit through a number of exits so that the groups are split into smaller and more manageable groups.
One of the most important elements of the smooth running of any festival or concert is the number of employees who are working at the event. This includes people who work in any area of the event from security to bar workers. It is important that staff are available throughout the venue in order to ensure that there are no accidents or injuries. All employees should be notified of the health and safety regulations that are in place so that they can help to ensure that accidents do not occur. Failing to have enough employees working at an event could lead to the occurrence of an accident.
As most of us are aware that concert venues can be dark environments. This can lead to various accidents. It is important that there is adequate lighting in all areas of the venue to ensure the health and safety of all attendees. Inadequately lit areas can make it difficult to see hazards and accidents are more likely to happen in these areas. Many claims made following an accident at a concert or festivals are made as a result of an accident which was caused by inadequate lighting at the venue.
One of the leading causes of accidents at a concert or festival is wet floors and spillages which have not been cleaned up. It is important that all employees are trained on the health and safety regulations which are in place and should be made aware that all spillages need to be cleaned up in a timely manner. If this cannot be done there should be warning signs put in place to make people aware of the potential hazard.
Poor Maintenance of Venue
As concert venues may not be used on a daily basis it is important that there is regular maintenance carried out and not just following an event. This helps to ensure that there are no potential hazards which could lead to the cause of an accident involving either employees or event attendees. There should be regular risk assessments carried out which will help to identify risks and hazards. The results of this assessment should be acted on in a timely manner and there should be regular maintenance carried out on the venue.
What do I do if I'm involved in a concert accident?
Following an accident at a concert, there are a number of steps you should follow:
Seek medical attention
Your health is your wealth and should be your first priority. Immediately after an accident, take a second to assess yourself to determine if you have any injuries. Then check if anybody else involved in the accident needs medical attention. If anybody has sustained a serious injury, ensure that you contact an ambulance to attend the scene.
You must remember that minor injuries where you ‘feel fine’ could progress to a more serious injury in the future. In this case, it is always better to be safe than sorry and advisable that you go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) or local GP to be checked out.
Report the accident
It is important that you report the accident to management. You may be required to assist to fill in an accident form. This is to provide them details of how the accident occurred and details of the injury. You should also request that they preserve any CCTV footage.
Identify any witnesses
Collect contact details of any witnesses to the accident – their names and contact information.
Document the incident
It is important that you collect all the relevant information in connection with your accident:
- How the accident happened, time and date of the accident.
- Details of any witnesses to the accident (Including staff and other customers); their names, contact information.
- If there are any CCTV recordings of the accident.
- Take pictures from different angles of where the accident happened and what caused you to slip, trip or fall.
- Take pictures of any injuries you suffered, this will help your solicitor to understand how the accident happened.
Speak to a personal injury solicitor
If you are considering moving forward with a claim for any personal injuries sustained, it is advisable that you speak with a public place accident claims solicitor as soon as possible. If you are proceeding with a claim, the first step will be submitting your claim to the Injuries Board for assessment. A solicitor can help you prepare your application to the Injuries Board and ensure that you follow the process in the correct format, meaning that you can move forward with your claim quickly without unnecessary delays.
It is important to remember to keep copies of any expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident. It is also imperative to retain copies of medical reports or incident report forms where possible as you will need them when making a claim.