Newbury, the beautiful principal town of Berkshire is a perfect place to visit and a fantastic destination for a leisurely day out. Newbury is a town best known for its horse racecourse – a racecourse that has seen some historical races over the years and a plethora of record-breaking jockeys and events – and if you are planning a visit to its famous track, then you may want to take notice of these safety precautions before you go, to avoid an accident such as a slip, trip or fall.
The weather of the UK is always hard to predict, and although a morning may look bright and promising, fast forward two hours, and it can look as though the heavens have opened. Races can occur in all different weather conditions, so if you find yourself at Newbury in the rain, you should be aware that the grass can become exceptionally slippery. In rainy circumstances, you should make sure that you move slowly when walking around the grounds, and make sure that you wear sensible, comfortable shoes. Slippery grass can cause slips and trips, so try to stand in the dry areas if you can, and move sensibly when walking on any wet grass.
Slip and trip on the steps
Most racecourses have a tiered seating area that can be reached by climbing a long flight of steps. These steps are usually concrete and when you climb these stairs, especially if you are in high heels, you should be extra careful and vigilant. The steps are steep, and a slip or fall could result in a very nasty injury, so walk slowly, and if you can, hold onto a hand rail so you can steady yourself if you lose your balance.
Again, especially in the rainy weather, the floors inside the racecourse facilities will likely become slippery. It is up to the staff of the racecourse to keep these surfaces as clear as possible to avoid visitors suffering a slips injury or a public place fall, but it doesn’t hurt to be extra aware of where you are treading. If you see an inside area that is wet and dangerous, it is always wise to let a member of staff know.
A public liability claim
Have you had a trip or fall at a racecourse that was due to the negligence of staff? If you have, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline and we can tell you if you have a claim.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice