While participants in acrobatics naturally have a duty to protect their own health and safety by adhering to instructions and safety procedures, property owners, coaches and other staff have a duty of care towards visitors and participants to prevent accidents at an acrobatic gymnasium.
Possible accidents at an acrobatic gymnasium
Accidental injuries at a gymnasium could be the result of:
- Slips, trips and falls caused by wet, uneven or cluttered surfaces
- Manual handling accidents while moving equipment
- Lack of adequate training in the use of equipment
- Damaged or faulty equipment
- Insufficient training in performing acrobatics
Inadequate instruction in emergency procedures may also be the cause of gymnasium accidents.
Duty of care
Health and safety laws and the British Gymnastics’ Health, Safety & Welfare Policy make it clear that the duty of care imposed on owners, coaches and other staff includes ensuring that:
- Premises (including lighting, heating and ventilation; ceilings, floor plates and wall fixings) are in good, well-maintained condition and do not expose anyone entering the premises to the risk of slipping, tripping or falling, exposure to dust (from pit foam or chalk) or other potential gymnasium-related accidents
- Equipment is well maintained and in proper working order
- Staff required to move equipment are properly trained in safe manual handling procedures
- Emergency and first aid facilities are provided and both staff and visitors are thoroughly instructed in the use of such facilities and emergency procedures
- Coaches are qualified to provide instructions on how to use equipment and perform acrobatics safely
Preventing accidents at an acrobatic gymnasium
Ensuring premises are safe and preventing accidents includes prevention of:
- Slip injuries by keeping flooring clean and dry
- Trip injuries by storing equipment safely, keeping pathways and stairs free of clutter and either dealing with or warning participants of the presence of uneven surfaces (like matting, for instance)
More detailed information on owners’ and coaches’ duty of care can be found here.
Injured by accidents at an acrobatic gymnasium
If you sustained injuries by an accident at an acrobatic gymnasium within the last 36 months because the owner, a staff member or your coach was in breach of their duty of care, the person or organisation responsible for your personal injury could be liable to pay your personal injury compensation. Get helpful advice and expert legal representation by an in-house Accident Advice Helpline lawyer by calling our 24/7 helpline on (from your mobile): 0333 500 0993 or (from a landline): 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown