Paintball is a very popular pastime across the UK. There are several centres that are built to welcome people who want to give this activity a go. It is popular with businesses who want their staff to have a day out, and groups of friends will also book in for a paintballing session from time to time.
Paintball safety is of course very important. You should be given instructions on how to enjoy the activity safely without coming to any harm in the process. You should also be instructed on how to maintain and use the paintball gun – not to mention how to handle it when you are not using it. Accidents could potentially occur if you don’t follow such rules.
Can a lack of paintball safety lead to accidents?
It can, and while this is rare it can potentially lead to problems and injuries that are painful for those involved. For example, goggles and masks are very important. You should never aim at someone’s head or face, but sometimes a shot may go astray or someone may move before the paintball hits them. This means goggles are vital to ensure no eye or facial injuries can occur.
You should also refrain from drinking alcohol or taking drugs before enjoying a paintballing session. Paintball safety doesn’t just apply to the guns you use – it also applies to you taking proper precautions and being determined to play the game according to the rules.
Make sure you understand close-range rules
It is often the case that paintballing venues prohibit shooting other people when they are within a particular range of you. This is because considerable pain can be experienced when being hit by a paintball within a certain distance of the shooter.
While few people will be injured while taking part in paintballing, some will not be as lucky as this. If you happen to sustain an injury while paintballing, it is worth considering how it happened and whether it was caused by someone else. If that person was negligence in some way, you have a chance to consider making a compensation claim for your injuries. Calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 will help clarify things for you, and will make sure you have a chance to get no-obligation advice as well. With our help, a claim could be worth making – and be made successfully, too.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead