When thinking about accidents at a leisure centre, most people imagine slips, trips and falls, maybe incidents involving faulty equipment, or some daredevil or another falling from height while climbing. In spite of these being among the most commonly reported accidents in leisure centres, visitors can sometimes be injured in the most unusual ways.
- Scalped and paralysed
You would hardly think it possible for a woman to be scalped and have her neck broken while enjoying an afternoon out go-karting with her family. Tragically, this is exactly what happened to a 48-year-old Kilmarnock mother in May 2014. Her horrific, paralysing injuries happened after her hair became caught in the go-kart’s engine.
- Broken barriers
Acrylic barriers are supposed to prevent people from falling, but there is always the risk of such a barrier breaking or allowing a small person to ‘slip through’. In Bracknell, a little boy, aged four, fell through such barriers at the bottom of stair railings. Fortunately, his 15-foot fall was broken by padding (to enable skaters to walk about without removing their blades) around the ice-rink he was visiting and he escaped without serious injuries.
- Violent attack
Leisure centre injuries do not necessarily have to be accidental. Once in a while, someone may fall victim to violent assault. In January 2011, a man was beaten to death with a claw hammer in a leisure centre in Bristol.
- Explosive devices
It seems that leisure centres can also be the scene of explosions caused by devices being thrown into them. Such an incident was reported in October 2013, when a man threw an explosive device into a leisure centre in Sudbury, Suffolk.
- Collapsing walls
Injuries at leisure centres can also be caused by collapsing walls. Strange as this may seem, it happened at Monmouth. A partition wall in the centre’s changing rooms collapsed, trapping and critically injuring a 15-year-old preparing for a games lesson.
As mentioned earlier, these kinds of personal injuries are rare, and most leisure centre related accidents involve cuts, bruises or broken bones sustained by slipping, tripping or falling.
Get on the right track
An accident at your local leisure centre may entitle you to claim for personal injury compensation if the incident was caused by someone else and occurred no more than 36 months ago. Calling the confidential no-obligation helpline provided by Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 will put you on the right track to get the compensation you are entitled to.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice