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5 slip and trip hazards at a summer music festival

Summer music festivals are extremely popular and usually attended by large crowds. Typically involving an array of temporary structures, camping areas and a great deal of movement all over the site during times of low light levels, such festivals rarely go by without a number of personal injuries, most of which are caused by slips, trips and falls.

Possible hazards

The main causes of injuries by tripping and falling include:

  • Cables
  • Uneven ground surfaces
  • Objects protruding from temporary structures
  • Tent pegs and guy ropes
  • Portable seating

Poorly marked steps into temporary structures like toilets, showers, etc are also occasionally responsible for trip injuries.

Slippery surfaces

British summers rarely permit summer music festivals to take place without at least a few heavy showers. This in turn results in many slip injuries, as whole areas are turned into what looks more like a mud bath than the scene of a festival. Other slipping injuries are caused by damp or muddy ramps, poor housekeeping in showers and toilet areas and, of course, spilled drinks.

Other hazards

Injuries by slipping or tripping are, however, not the only possible risk festival goers are exposed to. Some injuries are caused by broken glass; people have been known to suffer injuries by collapsing structures or falling objects, and others sustained injuries by fires or explosions caused by electrical faults. At some events, people were injured by crowd surges, physical assaults or performers’ irrational behaviour (throwing objects into the crowd, for instance).

Sun, insects and lack of fluid

Insect bites or stings are also commonly reported, as are cases of sunburn and dehydration. While cross-contamination of food, drinking water and toilet blocks is comparatively rare, outbreaks of food poisoning or other potentially serious illnesses could be possible.

Festival organisers

Organisers have a duty of care towards employees, volunteers, performers and spectators. This means they are legally required to take all necessary steps to prevent accidents at music festivals. Not all accidental injuries can be prevented effectively by organisers (it is, for example, extremely difficult to avoid rain turning fields into mud baths) and everyone is at least partially responsible for their own health and safety.

Breach of duty

If injuries at music festivals are caused by breaches of duty of care or the actions of others, the injured individual may qualify for personal injury compensation. Should this be the case for you, Accident Advice Helpline can help you to get the compensation you deserve. To discuss your potential claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 5659 now.