When paying a visit to your local museum, the last thing on your mind is your personal safety. However, when visiting any place of interest or public building, you have a right to be safe and enjoy the artwork without tripping over installations or poorly maintained walkways.
Museum owners should have a policy in place to ensure that members of the public are not at risk of being involved in an accident or sustaining an injury while they admire the art and installations. This means that they must regularly assess their establishment for risk, especially as the displays change so frequently.
Not every museum carries paintings alone; there are often hanging installations, showcases in glass cases and installations which are displayed on the floor. Every time a new piece is moved into the gallery, risk assessments should be carried out to ensure that the health and safety of visitors is a priority.
This will prevent members of the public from being injured by things falling from installations or from tripping and falling into the displays. Museum trips and falls could be caused by the installations themselves or they could be caused by poor building maintenance. You could be entitled to compensation for any injuries sustained during your visit where there is evidence of negligence.
Safety failings in a museum
Museum owners have a duty of care to the public which means that they should ensure that any potential hazards are controlled to the best of their ability.
If there are objects lying around in the path of members of the public, they are at risk of falling and could suffer a serious injury if the fall is from height or they fall into an installation.
If the building is poorly maintained then there is a risk that a member of the public could suffer a hit to the head or a fall. You could claim compensation for museum trips and falls if there is evidence of health and safety failings.
Personal injury compensation
If you have sustained injuries while visiting a museum and there is evidence of health and safety failings, you could make a personal injury compensation claim.
Our team at Accident Advice Helpline can offer you no-obligation advice on your case and also offer a no win, no fee service to our clients.
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