It’s a staple of graduation ceremonies throughout the country and makes for a fantastic photo opportunity, but is the traditional tossing of mortarboards facing the threat of being outlawed because it is too dangerous?
Pictures of flat hats being tossed skyward adorn the mantelpieces of millions of proud parents, but could they soon become a thing of the past?
Few issues stir the British public’s conscience quite like the suggestion of ‘health and safety gone mad’ but the fact is that these occasions do occasionally pose a very real risk of public accidents and injuries.
Back in 2008, Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge put motions in place in an attempt to put an end to the celebratory throwing, citing injuries from previous years, including one instance where the victim required stitches.
Accidents come in all shapes and sizes – from accidents at work to car crashes and public slips and falls – and the consequences can range from the mildly irritating to the severe. Whilst throwing a mortarboard may seem relatively safe, it could still result in the need for personal injury compensation.Open Claim Calculator
Am I likely to suffer an accident in public from throwing a mortarboard?
The short answer is no. Given that thousands upon thousands of people chuck their mortarboards into the air triumphantly without incident every year, you would have to be extremely unlucky to suffer a personal injury in the process.
The celebratory act of throwing a mortarboard has been a tradition in higher education establishments since 1912. It is therefore, easy to see why suggested changes and warnings have been somewhat ignored and listened to only by the most reluctant ears.
Anglia Ruskin did not ban students outright from throwing their mortarboards and instead asked for caution and care to be exercised.
Whatever the nature of an accident, it is important to remember just how damaging they can be in both a physical and emotional sense. Public falls, road traffic accidents and workplace injuries can be severely debilitating.
The aftermath of an accident, therefore, is a time for cool heads and considering whether or not you are due some accident compensation.
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