Football games for many are a chance to see your favourite team and cheer them on. It is an opportunity to support your team whether at home or away. However, like all events, there are potential hazards when attending a football game. One of the main types of potential accidents are slips, trip or falls and it is no different when attending a football game.
How are slips, trips and falls caused when attending a football game?
A slip, trip or fall injury could potentially be caused by a variety of factors and these factors differ when attending either a professional football game or just heading down to the local park on the weekend.
If you’re heading to the park to watch a friend or relative play football, you have to be mindful that you’ll be most likely in grounds that aren’t maintained to the highest standard – this makes slips and falls even more common, particularly on sodden grounds.
The risks slightly change when attending a professional game of football as you have different elements like crowds and food and beverage hazards to deal with. Typically, the most hazardous time when attending a football game is entering and leaving the stadium, walking under the concourse and when a team scores. And it’s not all that uncommon to suffer a fall injury, one which could be rather severe and could be from a push or shove or the crush from fans.
Another slip injury could potentially be caused by spillages on the stands. When fans gets excited and cheer they may not be aware of where their drink is and spillages occur quite easily. If this is not cleared up, which during a football match is near impossible, it can easily cause a slip hazard.
How to prevent a slip, trip or fall injury?
There are several things you can do when attending a football game in order to avoid a slip, trip or fall. The first and most important tip is to be alert and aware at all times. This will allow you to see if anyone up ahead or behind you is pushing which could cause you to sustain a trip injury. This will also allow you to avoid any obstacles such as spillages, cups or bags.
Other than this, try not to get in the middle of the crowd when entering or exiting. If you hold off from joining the masses the chance of having a slip, trip or fall will decrease greatly. However, don’t stand somewhere that other people have to squeeze past you as this could cause a trip injury for someone else. If you have had a slip, trip or fall within the past 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.