Every year, several music festivals take place across the UK. Some are known for the huge quantities of mud generated in bad weather, since many festivals of this kind take place in wide open spaces. The Festival Calendar website provides a top 10 of the most popular festivals in the UK, but there are many others to visit as well.
Of the many thousands who attend various music festivals each year, very few of them will suffer injuries or need any medical treatment. This is largely thanks to the excellent health and safety measures taken by those in charge of the festival arrangements, location, and approach.
Running events safely is something you can learn about on the Health and Safety Executive website (HSE). Their informative page provides a four-step approach to ensure all events and festivals are planned, managed, and organised in the safest possible manner.
Potential dangers for those attending music festivals
If you are planning on visiting a music festival, you’re probably looking forward to enjoying the music, the crowds, and getting together with friends. Putting some common sense into practice will help limit the odds of you having an accident – for example, don’t drink more than you can safely handle, as this will impair your judgement and make it more likely you will be hurt.
Thankfully, it is very rare for people to be injured through no fault of their own, although of course there could potentially be a slim risk something could go wrong. Crowd control is a vital part of keeping all festival-goers safe, and it is the responsibility of the organisers to make sure this will be done properly and responsibly. Many festivals ban mosh pits near the stage, as they can become overcrowded and leave people suffering from crush injuries. Furthermore, crowd-surfing is also now often banned, because it is very risky and does leave some of those who try it with head, neck, and back injuries among other potential injuries.
Event safety is an in-depth topic, and there is much to think about. Planning and management should help avoid many potential issues, but executing those plans on the day of the festival is vital so most injuries can be prevented.
Potential dangers for those working at music festivals
Of course, while we think of the many thousands of people attending music festivals each year, there are also lots of people who work at these festivals. The organisers must make sure they are all able to work safely and without risk of injury. This applies to performers on stage, to those dealing with erecting the stage, lighting, and sound systems, and those working elsewhere as stewards. Indeed, wherever someone might be working before, during, or after the festival, and whatever job they may be doing, their health and well-being must be considered.
Falls from height, slips, trips, and falls are among the potential hazards workers might encounter at a festival. Bad weather can turn fields into muddy swamps, making it more likely someone might slip and fall, hurting themselves as they do so.
Risk assessments are incredibly important in every workplace, so every worker can be protected from the risk of accidents. The HSE provides an excellent five-step process to help assess the risks in every workplace – and that includes those that are outdoors, such as the venues used for music festivals.
Did your experience of music festivals turn into a bad one?
When you’re planning to visit a music festival, it’s obvious you will plan to have a great time. So, if you end up injured, it could mean seeking treatment at a first aid tent, or at a local hospital, or at your GP’s surgery following the event. Injuries can be wide-ranging, depending on how they are caused:
- Broken bones from falls or other accidents
- Crush injuries caused in a fall or by overcrowded areas
- Sprains and strains
- Cuts and bruises
- Head injuries if something falls on you
- Neck and back injuries from falls, or from banned crowd-surfing
As you can see, all kinds of injuries could potentially occur, and any single injury could ruin your experience. The one important thing to consider, however, is whether someone else was responsible for your injury. Do you believe the organiser was negligent in allowing too many people into an area, or for allowing crowd-surfing? Were you pushed into an already overcrowded area and subjected to crush injuries, or were you injured in another way? Did stage equipment collapse onto you, or were you injured in a fall?
July is the peak month for music festivals, with around 65 festivals occurring during that month. But May, June, and August are also popular, and some people may attend more than one festival each year.
How do you know if you could make a claim for compensation?
Regardless of the kind of injury you have (or had, if it happened within the last three years; there is still time to try and claim), you must have proof that a third party was negligent. Negligence is the main thing to be aware of, because you must prove this was the reason why your injury occurred. If it was, you can make a claim and potentially receive compensation in line with the type of injury you had, and how severe it was.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist if you call now on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 via your mobile. You can chat with an advisor and let them know about your injury, so they can assess whether someone else was negligent. If so, you could make a no-win, no-fee* claim with the assistance of one of our personal injury lawyers. We’ll be with you throughout the process, keeping you informed of the outcome, and making sure you’re always aware of what is happening. Don’t leave it too late to claim for accidents at music festivals – call now and find out where you stand and whether you could get compensation.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice