Whether it’s family fun, a romantic getaway or a search for adrenaline-fuelled adventure, who doesn’t enjoy a trip to the beach?
Many people have had their day in the sun scarred by a serious accident in public that caused nasty personal injuries. Therefore, it is important to always be aware of your own safety, even when relaxing on the sand.
Beach accidents – slips, trips and falls
The first hazard to discuss is often overlooked, when in fact a little thinking reveals sand as one of the most obvious safety concerns.
As a walking surface, sand is far from stable. Whether it’s a hidden hole or sudden descent, it is very easy to suffer a trip or fall whilst walking along the beach, and that is before you even consider hazardous obstacles such as deck-chairs, discarded disposable barbecues and large stones.
Beach accidents – problems in the water
The potential threats to safety in the sea are both numerous and varied. The main offenders include:
- Sudden changes in the size and pattern of waves.
- Sharp stones and shells on the sea-bed.
- Sudden dips or ridges changing the depths of the sea.
- Potentially harmful creatures such as jellyfish.
Of course, the sea is a wonderful place to explore but it needs to be done so carefully. You can help protect your safety by:
- Swimming only at depths with which you are comfortable.
- Swimming in lifeguard patrolled sections of beach only and stay between the flags.
- Learning distress signals to indicate that you are in trouble.
- Read the safety signs that warn of currents etc. and learn the times of the tide.
Beach accidents: faulty hired products
Many people enjoy thrilling activities such as jet-skis, speedboats and banana boat rides when at the beach. It’s important to ensure you are hiring from a reputable company who have performed all the necessary safety checks on their equipment and that you don’t feel pressured into doing anything you are not comfortable with.
Beach accidents: the aftermath
No matter the nature of your accident, be it an accident at work, road traffic accident or a public fall, Accident Advice Helpline is there to help you get back on your feet with the accident compensation you may be due.
The freephone advice line is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and our legal team work on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: February 19, 2014
Author: David Brown