Paying a trip to your local museum is supposed to be a relaxing, enjoyable way to spend the day and the last thing that you should have to worry about is being involved in an accident when you are admiring the artwork. The owner of the museum should have a policy in place to protect their visitors from potential accidents or injuries, which means that they have a duty to carry out regular risk assessments.
For example, if a new installation becomes a feature in the gallery, it should be assessed along with the area it is intended to be displayed in. Floor features or hanging installations could pose a risk of hurting a member of the public if they are not checked, maintained or displayed in an area that poses a low risk.
Displays should be for looking at and admiring, not tripping over or falling into. This means that museum owners should ensure that visitors are warned about any unusual artwork or any pieces which may be on the floor. They should also ensure that the public are protected from any falling objects by cordoning off areas, maintaining hanging installations or encouraging the public to avoid standing underneath hanging artwork.
Gallery owners should be aware that the building needs regular maintenance as well as the installations to prevent any unnecessary accidents. Injured museum visitors may be able to claim compensation where there is evidence of safety failings.
Health and safety breaches
If there is a failure to conduct risk assessments on the part of the gallery owner, injured museum visitors may be able to claim compensation if they are involved in an accident or sustain injuries.
There may have been a failure to maintain installations or part of the building itself, which could have caused your accident or injury.
If this is the case and there is evidence of this negligence, you can seek advice on making a personal injury claim with the help of Accident Advice Helpline.
What our team can do for you
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have assisted many of our clients in making personal injury claims where there has been evidence of someone else’s negligence.
If you have been injured at an art gallery or in another public place and there was someone else at fault, you could also make a claim for compensation.
Our team can be contacted via our online contact form or you can give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 to speak to an adviser today.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen