ALS Ice bucket challenge clips seem to enjoy particular popularity when these actually quite dangerous challenges go wrong. Sadly, many viewers commenting on these clips, often stating how much they laughed at the ‘failing’ participant’s misfortune, fail to see how dangerous some of these fails really were.
To laugh or not to laugh
The clip shown below for example, shows a young man lying on the floor, trying to get his (rather cute) little dog to tip over a large bucket of water perched on two chairs behind him. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts, the pooch finally causes the bucket to topple over. As the young man is lying too close to the chairs, he is hit in the face not by the water, but by the still partially filled bucket.
As it appears that no serious damage was done, the first reaction has to be a giggle. Considering what could have happened, however, should really wipe the smile of anybody’s face. First of all, the weight of the water-filled bucket could easily have broken the young man’s nose. Secondly, the water spilled over the wooden flooring could have caused not only the young man, but another person entering the room immediately after the attempted challenge to suffer an injury by slipping.
Having seen many of these challenges go wrong, it is safe to say that there is definitely a pattern of slips, trips and falls occurring immediately after these challenges. As people are trying to add twists to the challenges, buckets get larger, the locations from which they are emptied are getting higher and potential accidental injuries include injuries by falling objects; being crushed by tractor and digger buckets and worse.
Internet craze or craziness
This challenge has not only resulted in many injuries by tripping, slipping and falling objects, but has already claimed several lives. It is hard to believe that people will still participate and nominate others to do so. Being suicidal is one thing, but challenging others to risk serious personal injuries, even their lives for what is essentially an attention-seeking stunt should be punishable.
Claiming for fails
Injuries sustained during failed ice bucket challenge are basically classed as self-inflicted, perhaps rightly so, because no-one is actually forced to participate. Victims of slips, trips or falls someone else was responsible for, however, could be entitled to claim for compensation. Find out how to claim by initiating contact with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice