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    Esther Rantzen

    Most dangerous careers: Target girl or boy


    Most dangerous careers: Target girl or boy

    The circus is most certainly one of the world’s favourite forms of live entertainment.

    Enjoyed by children and adults alike, we attend to be tickled by clowns and wowed by a variety of mind-blowing performances. From impressive acrobatics to nerve-wracking impalement artist acts, the circus presents an amazing myriad of  work-related accidents waiting to happen.

    For a target girl or boys, ‘accidents at work’ is just a term that scratches the surface of the dangers they face each day.  Holding one of the most dangerous job roles in the world, it is no wonder that the career path of target girl or boy has become known as a death trap.

    The lowdown: Target girls and boys

    For those not in the know, target girls, and more recently boys as well, are one of the most-loved aspects of the circus.

    Typically strapped to rotating boards, they provide a moving ‘target to miss’ for impalement artists, who direct objects such as knives, arrows and bullets at the board surrounding them.

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    While impalement artists are usually very skilled in their arena, it will come as no surprise that target girls and boys sometimes suffer severe work-related accidents.

    Poorly judged throws or shots can be lethal, and human error inevitably does sometimes prevail.

    Work-related accidents and injury: Who is to blame?

    While target girls and boys do enter the profession with the understanding that it is a dangerous choice of career, employers do have a responsibility to ensure their health and safety while at work.

    In the case where insufficient training, equipment or management of the act has not been taken, it may be that the employer has not met this legal obligation and are therefore, liable for the work accident.

    Claiming for work injuries and illness

    A law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline can help streamline the claims process for victims of personal injury.

    Legal matters can often become complicated, but with the assistance of Accident Advice Helpline, you can recover from your accident at work safe in the knowledge that your work accident claim will be in experienced hands.

    Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims. Our specialist team will advise if your claim is likely to be successful if pursued.

    Call today for a free initial consultation regarding your accident at work on 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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