Football is a sport enjoyed by millions. Each match day is an event where football fans get together and celebrate their team’s wins and losses. However, sometimes it can get chaotic and accidents can happen. The types of accidents common in football stadium stands are slips, trips and falls.
How are slips, trip and falls caused in football stadium stands?
There are many different ways in which fans sustain slip, trip or fall injuries. They may slip on a spilled drink which is easy to miss in a large crowd of people. They may miss a step whilst walking up or down the stairs. Also, they may get caught up in the crowds and fall down when everyone moves forward or tries to rush in or out of the stadium. All these ways can cause some nasty slip, trip and fall injuries if you aren’t careful.
How to stay safe when at a match
The main thing to remember is to always be aware of your surroundings whilst you are moving around and always be on the lookout. If you are always looking down you may not see that group of people coming down the stairs towards you. Equally if you always just look up you will miss that food spillage on the floor and potentially sustain a painful slip injury.
Another way of preventing an accident especially a trip or fall is to try and not get caught up in the middle of the crowd. It is easier said then done when a crowd is rushing forward and you may not get a choice as you are being pushed but if you do get caught up, stand strong, look where you are going and try to avoid walking into the person in front of you to try and stop the pushing. Also, if you see any large spillages always report them to one of the staff as you may forget it is there by the end of the match and you and others may sustain a slip injury.
Unfortunately accidents on football stadium stands can and do still happen. If you have had a slip, trip or fall in the stadium or anywhere within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a claim.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice