The last thing anyone wants to worry about while on a day out to their local museum is being involved in an accident or suffering an injury. Museums are often very placid and relaxing places to visit due to the various showcases and installations.
Many people are distracted by these pieces which means that gallery owners must ensure that their establishment has been thoroughly assessed for risk and potential hazards. Carrying out these risk assessments can help to lower the risk of an accident occurring. These potential hazards may include stray objects lying around in walkways or on stairwells or parts falling from hanging installations.
If there is artwork on the floor or hanging from the ceiling, the area should be assessed to ensure that no part of the installation carries a risk of hurting a member of staff or a member of the public. This means that installations should be maintained or cordoned off to help prevent injuries.
Gallery owners can also help to prevent accidents by strategically placing signs around the establishment to ensure that visitors are warned of any potential hazards. If there is a failure to risk assess the building, you could sustain art gallery injuries.
Health and safety failings
Art gallery owners have a duty of care to the public just as any restaurant, shop or business owner does and there should be a health and safety policy in place. Risk assessments allow for business owners to identify areas where there could be a risk of harm and allow for controls to be put in place.
This could be a floor art installation which has a risk of tripping or it could be broken railings which carry the risk of a fall from stairs or from height. If you have sustained art gallery injuries and there is evidence of health and safety failings, you could be entitled to compensation.
Making a personal injury claim
If you have sustained injuries in a public gallery or in any other public building and someone else was negligent, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation from the party at fault.
You may be seeking advice or representation for making your injury claim which our team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with.
If there is evidence that you have sustained injuries which were caused by someone else, you can give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 for advice today.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen