Watching professional javelin throwers in the Olympics or at other sporting events will never fail to impress you. However these professional sports men and women started out at school, practising their craft when they realised they had some skill at it. You may remember throwing the javelin at school in your own school years; perhaps your children now do it at their school.
Thankfully few will ever suffer a javelin injury at school. Strict health and safety laws require that risk assessments are undertaken for numerous situations and procedures. These apply to sports at school as well as a myriad of other situations. Few court cases will arise where it is found a javelin injury at school could have been prevented if someone wasn’t negligent in their duties in this area.
How can such injuries happen?
Clearly it is imperative that everyone is kept out of the potential danger area when anyone is throwing a javelin. These are extremely sharp and if thrown at speed they can spear someone who happens to get in the way. Thus there should be an area in which no one is allowed to stand during lessons that involve javelin throwing.
If a child or adult is injured in such a circumstance, it will be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive. This will ensure the facts of the situation are clear and noted, to see whether negligence was the cause of the accident. If those responsible are found to have breached the Health and Safety at Work Act (which of course applies to schools as well) they may well be issued with a fine.
Staying safe in sports
Thankfully most schools take their responsibilities in this area very seriously indeed. They ensure all those who take part in games and sports are safe whenever they do so. Of course, the occasional minor injury might occur, but accidents do happen and not all injuries are due to negligence.
However it can be difficult to ascertain whether an injury is due to negligence or not. For assistance on this matter via a no-obligation service, use Accident Advice Helpline’s free 24/7 enquiry line today on 0800 689 0500. We may eventually put you through to a professional injury compensation lawyer if there is good evidence of negligence to support any case you may make. Pick up the phone and call today.
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen