Everyone has heard, or read, stories that usually prompt a roll of the eyes and a muttering of the phrase ‘health and safety gone mad’.
Of course, health and safety is of paramount importance and regulations are in place for extremely valid reasons. After all, few accidents have the potential to be as confidence sapping and physically debilitating as as slips, trips and falls in public.
It is also important to remember not to instantly and unquestionably believe everything that you read.
Am I more likely to suffer an accident in public eating candy floss on a stick?
The short and simple answer is no, you are not. Back in the summer of 2010, erroneous newspaper reports claimed that sales of the sugary treat were under threat because of officious and over-zealous fears of public accidents.
The theory was that the consequences of any fall or trip in public would be substantially more severe given the added threat of a stick in the mouth. Whilst there is clear a logic behind these thoughts, no health and safety laws banning the sale of candy floss on a stick have ever been brought into effect.
Safety officials’ opinions
The Health and Safety Executive strongly dismissed the headlines and suggested that the fact that it is easier both in terms of mass-production and storage to use plastic bags, may be a more logical reason.
So, while candy floss on a stick is not officially classed as a health and safety risk, it does raise the wider question of how to avoid accidents in public.
Of course, everyone has a responsibility and duty of care, both towards themselves and others, but this doesn’t mean that any slips or trips ought to be dismissed out of hand or put down to general clumsiness.
In fact, if your public injury occurred because of negligence by someone else, then you may well be due some personal accident compensation.
Local authorities are responsible for the general upkeep of public areas so problems such as cracked pavements, uneven walkways and improperly maintained streets should be dealt with and made safe for public use.
Fortunately, expert advice is at hand to help with your claim. Accident Advice Helpline are a law firm with years of experience in dealing with these types of claims.
Their team work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and usually settle out of court.
Date Published: November 19, 2013
Author: David Brown