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    Most bizarre health & safety cases: Parasol deemed a ‘weapon’ at racecourse

    The main purpose of a parasol, we all know is to protect yourself from the sun on a hot day and give your head some shade so that you are not harmed by UV rays. These are perfect for days out when you want to dress up nice and don’t want to wear a hat.

    In fact, a great place to use one, excluding the beach, is a race course, especially on their special days where it is expected of you to be fashionable. But, whether to prevent a public liability claim or to make sure everyone is safe, one race course has deemed the parasol a weapon which perhaps they felt could lead to an injury claim.

    In a place where dogs or horses are the main attraction, an animal with teeth that can do some proper damage. And where jockeys get hurt and killed whilst riding them, they announce that a parasol is a weapon. Perhaps they mean the pointy end that is usually held upwards away from anyone’s face thus avoiding any injury claims.

    Is this racecourse playing it safe or being sensible to prevent a public liability claim?

    Although a weapon in the guise of an umbrella is not an unheard of thing, as many films have featured one in the shape of a dart gun or a spear amongst many others. So, has the race course been watching too many films or is it genuine health and safety to stop anyone making a claim for public liability compensation?

    What does the official health and safety authority say?

    They ruled that there was clearly no health and safety issue there. However, the race course in question did have a sign stating they had a right to confiscate any article being brought into an event, and in this case someone thought a parasol was a dangerous item. So, the racecourse had the right to do anything to prevent any accident claims.

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    Perhaps this was the opinion of one steward on the racecourse, and wasn’t a decision made by the venue in order to prevent anyone trying to make an injury claim.

    However, if you have had or in the future have an accident at work, home or on the race course that wasn’t your fault you may be eligible to claim compensation. Speak to one of the many telephone operatives answering your calls 24/7 or take the very easy 30-second compensation calculator to find out if and how much money you could claim for your accident.

    Date Published: November 19, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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