Nightclubs are an ever-popular venue for young people seeking to unwind and let loose after a long week. However, a night out could be ruined by a nasty, unexpected slip, trip or fall, resulting in a trip to the hospital and a long recovery period. There are a number of slip and trip hazards in nightclubs and in this article, Accident Advice Helpline takes a look at five of these potential hazards.
- Spilled drinks
This is probably the most likely source of a slip, trip or fall. Nightclubs are dimly lit and can make it difficult to see if something has been spilled on the floor. Often, intoxicated revellers will spill a drink without even realising it, which then goes largely unnoticed by staff and creates a serious risk of slipping, tripping or falling which brings us to our next point:
- Cleaning fluids
Nightclubs can be unbelievably dirty places and extremely difficult to maintain, especially the floors. The cleaning fluids used to clean nightclub floors can leave behind a greasy and slippery substance which greatly increases the chances of slipping.
Foam parties have become ever more popular since the heyday of clubs and dance music in Ibiza in the 1990s. Many nightclubs have foam parties, where the entire dance floor is covered in suds from a large cannon-like device. The residue left behind by the foam can be slippery and increases the chances of a slip or trip.
- High heels
Nightclubs are where high heels are mostly worn. Although women choose to wear high heels, they create a serious risk of slipping, tripping or falling. This combined with alcohol intoxication, makes it a bad idea to wear high heels in a nightclub.
- Insecure handrails
Handrails are essential in any nightclub that has stairs. If a handrail is incorrectly secured, it could come loose. If a patron has consumed alcohol, they may not be able to react as quickly, meaning an increased risk of a slip, trip or fall
If you’ve suffered a slip, trip or fall in a nightclub within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis and you will be under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed with one of our friendly, professional advisors.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice