Protruding gracefully from the deep blue sea, the Needles on the Isle of Wight is the island’s most iconic attraction. These bright white chalk stacks located off the west coast of the island draw huge crowds, especially in the summer months. If you’re planning a summer getaway to the Isle of Wight, here are some guidelines to help you stay safe at the Needles and avoid problems such as slips, trips and falls.
Safety precautions to take when visiting the Needles on the Isle of Wight
The Needles is a great family-friendly day out and offers so much more than just amazing views of the island and the surrounding seas. There is so much to do and see and plenty to occupy visitors of all ages, from the famous chair-lift and carousels, to a 4D cinema and Jurassic Golf.
If you’re visiting the Needles, it’s worth bearing in mind some simple health and safety points just to make sure that you don’t end up nursing slip or trip injuries or missing out on all the fun because of a fall. Here are some tips to help you stay safe:
- take care when walking, especially if the weather is wet, and always stick to the designated paths
- stay well clear of the cliff edges and pay attention to warning signs and barriers to reduce the risk of falls from height
- wear suitable footwear
- supervise children at all times
- avoid running and rushing around
Can I claim compensation for an accident at the Needles?
If you’ve been injured in a public place such as the Needles and you weren’t to blame, you may have the right to claim public liability compensation. Personal injury compensation is provided to those who have sustained injuries through no fault of their own. If you’ve slipped in a public place as a result of a pot hole or because a ramp is in poor condition, for example, you may have a case; however, if you’ve fallen because you were wearing high heels to hike along a track where hazards are clearly marked, this would not warrant a viable claim.
To see if you have a case for personal injury compensation following an accident in a public place, take the 30-second eligibility test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website or call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. Our law firm has been helping people claim public place injury compensation for many years for the harm and injustice they have suffered.