We are all aware that slips, trips and falls are one of the most common public place personal injury culprits, but banning sack races in schools due to health and safety issues really is taking safety measures to the extreme.
Schoolyard injuries: The traditional sports day
Think back 20, 40, 60 years and imagine the summer sports day. While fun was found in competing with your friends, it can definitely be said that a good dose of enjoyment laid in watching your classmates struggle in their sacks, lose control over their limbs, and tackle the three-legged race like newborn fawns.
Those were the days when you could laugh at your mate’s trip over a hurdle. Fun and fitness in good balance with no weight of unnecessary health and safety precautions on your shoulders. Did it really do anyone any harm?
New race regulations
According to some UK schools races that are likely to cause children to fall are not suitable for inclusion in their sports day agenda. Most notably this includes John F Kennedy Primary in Washington, Tyne and Wear, that banned both the three-legged and sack races in 2008.
While a handful of children may suffer bumps and bruises from such races, it is unlikely that the sport-related injury would result in anything more severe, at the very worst and very rare chance, a broken bone.
In agreement with Founder Laura Midgely, of Whitley Bay: “It’s health and safety rules gone mad. I think it’s completely over the top.”
Personal injury claims
While the sports day injuries are an example of bizarre health & safety cases, there are a high number of accidents in public places that are serious and sometimes severe.
If you have been involved in an accident in a public place that wasn’t your fault, it is likely that you will be entitled to compensation.
The accident that caused your injury has to have occurred in the last three years and you must be able to provide evidence of your injury, and prove that you are not accountable for the accident.
Wherever your public accident occurred, speak with Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. They will be able to assess the basics of your claim and determine if your case is likely to be successful and worth pursuing.