When looking at the horrific injuries suffered by Michael Schumacher, we can see that it is essential to adhere to good health and safety practices to avoid a slip, trip or fall when skiing and stay safe on the slopes.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve been dealing with claims for compensation in all areas of personal injury compensation for many years now. In that time, we’ve obtained a vast and unparalleled knowledge when it comes to keeping safe on holiday.
How to stay safe on the slopes
Here are five tips to stay safe on the slopes during your skiing holiday:
- Attend a training course: This is particularly important if you are a first time skier. Find a competent, experienced and friendly instructor who can show you the ropes as well as the correct techniques in order to prevent a serious slip or trip.
- Wear the correct safety equipment: It is imperative to wear protective equipment when on the slopes in order to prevent serious injury. Many neurologists agree that had Michael Schumacher not been wearing a helmet, he would have been killed instantly, demonstrating the advantages that wearing adequate protective equipment has. This includes a helmet and adequate footwear.
- Don’t go off-piste: Avoid skiing in areas that have not been designated as safe for skiing. These areas could be littered with rocks and other obstacles which could significantly increase the risk of suffering a serious injury through a slip or trip.
- Know your limits: Be honest with yourself and others when it comes to your ability. If this is your first time embarking upon a skiing holiday, ensure that you stick to the beginner slopes in order to build your skills and confidence. You can work your way up to the harder and more challenging slopes.
- Check the conditions: Conditions play a massive role in the risk of accidents when skiing. If there is less snowfall, there is a reduced chance of avalanche, however, less snow also means hard and icy runs, meaning travelling faster and falling harder in the event of slipping tripping or falling.
Been involved in a skiing accident and it wasn’t your fault?
If you’ve been involved in a skiing accident within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 today for more information. We can help you make a claim even if your accident occurred outside the UK. All of our claims are handled on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice