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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

    How should campsite owners protect their visitors?

    During your stay on any campsite, the campsite owners have a legal duty of care to ensure your health and safety, as far as reasonable measures allow.

    Campsite owners will need to undertake a number of assessments of the site in order to ensure that it is safe to camp on and must abide by strict regulations which govern many aspects of camping and prevent avoidable accidents such as slips, trips and falls.

    Health and Safety

    Campsite owners must undertake a risk assessment in order to identify and manage any risks to the campsite, such as liability to flooding. This risk assessment must be carried out regularly and is enforced by a local authority in conjunction with the the Health and Safety Executive.

    Under the Employer’s Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1960, campsite owners must have insurance to cover their liability for any harm should an accident befall an employee during the course of their work.

    It is also strongly recommended that campsite owners purchase a public liability policy to cover their liability for any harm that occurs to a visitor such as slipping, tripping or falling.

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    Smoking in public places

    It is against the law to smoke in virtually any enclosed space right across the UK. A campsite owner must visibly display no smoking signs in enclosed public spaces, such as shower blocks, shops and reception areas.

    Butane and other common camping gases

    Under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002, campsite owners must ensure that containers of Butane gas that are stored or sold on site are free from the risk of fire or explosion.

    Waste and sewage

    Campsite owners must dispose of waste and sewage responsibly. The method of disposal will need to be determined with the local authority and the local water authority. A disposal point for chemical toilets is also recommended.


    Under the Disability Discrimination Act 2004, campsite owners must make provisions for their campsite to be equally accessible for visitors who may have a disability.

    Claiming compensation

    Have you been injured at a campsite, perhaps as the result of a slip or trip? Contact Accident Advice Helpline today.

    We could help you make a claim for compensation if the accident occurred within the last three years, through no fault of your own. We could even help you make a claim for compensation if the accident occurred outside of the UK.

    Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak with one of our advisers.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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