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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Blindfold race: Potential accidents


    Many charity events and team building events these days hold something called a blindfold race. It is exactly as the name suggests; participants line up behind a starting line and are then blindfolded, to race. Usually each participant has a guide with them, that has to either walk with them or simply tell them how far to walk and in what direction. It encourages team work and can be brilliant fun. However, there are potential accidents that can happen when this game is played and safety is neglected.

    Slips, trips and falls

    When you are taking part in a blindfold race, you are at risk of a trip, slip or fall accident because you no longer have your vision to help guide your way to the finish line. When this game is played complacently and “messing around” occurs on the race track, slips and falls happen and this can make what should be a fun and exciting event, a very stressful and painful one for everyone involved.

    Listen to your guide

    Your guide is there to do just that: guide you, so don’t try to go at it alone for the purposes of winning, looking good to spectators or being funny. An injury from a fall or trip is not fun and it is better to come last than not at all. Listen to your guide’s instructions: slow and steady always wins the race.

    Pace yourself

    This isn’t going to be run like a normal race, so take your time. Walk slowly, and at a pace that feels comfortable to you now without your vision. Taking your time will ensure that you are at a minimal risk of having a public place fall and injuring yourself.

    Keep your hands free

    Your hands are going to be the thing that help you sustain the least injuries as possible if you are unfortunate enough to suffer or trip or slip during the blindfold race. Keep your hands completely free to help with balance and to help you land safely if you are to fall.

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    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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