It has long been a staple of traditional sports days, sports pre-season training sessions and long afternoons in the pub garden, but is the wheelbarrow race becoming too dangerous and causing too many personal injuries to occur?
Slips, trips and falls
By far the most common types of accidents in a wheelbarrow race are slips, trips and falls. It stands to reason that at some point somebody is going to lose their grip, balance or footing and send themselves and their partner tumbling to the ground.
Whilst most trips and falls during a wheelbarrow race can be laughed off as the victims dust themselves down, there is the potential for serious injuries to be suffered. People are often not in control of their bodies, and movements when falling and can collapse to the ground in a writhing mass of entangled limbs. In this scenario, it is all too easy for serious personal injuries such as dislocations, fractures and broken bones to arise from what initially appeared to be a harmless, and even comical, trip accident.
During a child’s sports day, it is likely for the trip or fall to be caused by a failure to master the cognitive movements. At a training session, either over-competitive participants or misguided attempts at banter are the likely culprits for wheelbarrow race accidents occurring. In the pub garden, what seems like a good idea after a few drinks can soon turn into a nightmare and a long evening in accident and emergency after a serious accident.
Wheelbarrow races pose different threats to safety for both participants. The ‘wheels’ of the operation are perhaps in greater danger given that all it takes is one slip to cause their face to be pushed into the ground or feel the weight of their partner topple onto them. The responsibility for maintaining the balance, and therefore, much of the safety, of the ‘wheelbarrow’ lies with the person who remains standing. Getting the right pace is crucial, as moving either too quickly or slowly can cause a breakdown in the structure.
If you are injured in an accident in public, remember that you may be due some public injury compensation. Providing the accident occurred in the last three years, wasn’t your fault and caused injuries that required medical attention, our legal team at Accident Advice helpline can win you the compensation you deserve. Call us today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice