Visiting your local museum can be a great way to spend a rainy day, whether you love art or just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. Museum owners have a duty of care to the public to ensure that they enjoy their visit without being injured or involved in an accident.
This means that they must assess the environment for risk and put control measures in place where necessary to protect visitors from potential injury. Although a museum may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of hazardous environments, they can potentially become hazardous if the correct measures are not taken to reduce the risks.
There may be installations hanging from the ceiling or from the walls which could harm a member of the public if not kept in good condition. Any new installations or showcases should be assessed for risk and measures should be taken by gallery owners to ensure that any risks are controlled.
For example, a part could come loose from the installation and hit someone on the head. Injured art gallery visitors may be able to claim compensation where there is evidence that owners did not carry out appropriate risk assessments to protect the public from injury.
Health and safety failures
Gallery owners have a duty of care to the public which means that health and safety should be a priority. Installations or items lying around on floors, stairwells or walkways should be moved to a safe place and any fire exits should be kept clear at all times.
The installations and artwork should also be assessed for risk. If there are any health and safety failings, a member of the public may be more likely to be in an accident. Injured art gallery visitors may be able to hold the museum owner liable if they are injured during their visit.
What you can do about it
If you were a visitor to a museum and sustained an injury, you could be entitled to compensation where there is evidence that someone else was negligent.
If you are looking for some advice on claiming compensation, our expert team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you.
We have been in the business of personal injury compensation for 14 years and can offer you no-obligation advice on your case when you get in touch.
Contact us on our 24-hour helpline free on 0800 689 0500 for advice today.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen