Many seaside locations have a pier. It provides a great opportunity to take a stroll out to sea, in effect, and to look back on the land behind you as you walk further out. It can get windy but it is a great experience.
Depending on how long the pier is you can enjoy quite a walk too. Southend Pier is the longest pier not just in the UK but the world. Its total length is 1.34 miles – and then you have to walk back again (although there is a train you can use if you wish).
Piers are attractive for many reasons. Some have rides and attractions at the end while others are more laid-back. However the one thing you would not want to experience is the shock of slipping on a pier. This could potentially result in some unpleasant injuries that would ruin your day out.
The maintenance of a pier
Every pier needs to be rigorously maintained to ensure it is safe to use and enjoy. It is exposed to the elements at all times, which makes maintenance even more important. The surface of the wood used to construct the pier (or metal, or any other relevant material) can become slippery if it is not properly cleaned and maintained. Moss can easily grow in moist conditions and if you tread on it you might end up slipping on a pier before you have even realised what has happened.
Slipping over very suddenly can incur some nasty injuries. You might slip and fall on your tailbone which can easily break in this situation. In other cases you might fall and break a wrist or bones in your hands if you try to break your fall.
Who is to blame?
This is the all-important question you will need to answer in this situation. You will need to work out whether there was a hazard that caused you to fall that should not have been there. For example if maintenance was poor and the surface of the pier was slippery as described above, this might lead to a claim of negligence being successful.
Whatever happened to cause your slip, it is best to get proper professional legal advice before deciding what to do. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 now to learn whether you have proper evidence of negligence to use.
Date Published: August 9, 2015
Author: Rob Steen