Bat waste may cause unexpected accident claims in Norwich
In the city of Norwich in England, an unconventional resident of the parish churches have been causing problems for church goers. Bat numbers residing in churches have reached the point that their waste can potentially raise health and safety hazards.
Since there can be a wide range of social activities, as well as praying in these churches, such as fetes and catered activities, bats can cause serious issues when it comes to cleanliness and standards. Now, according to a bishop from the Church of England, churches have also been turned into regular homes for bats, where their presence is an on-going concern.
A particularly outspoken person on the issue is the Bishop of Norwich, who has deemed the bat problem a “pending crisis” for the church and its buildings. He has mentioned that the parish churches are places that are sacred, and should be treated as if they are houses, with related standards being required in terms of health and safety.
A current issue
It is estimated that around 6,400 chapels and churches across England have some kind of bat population residing within them, and according to Professor James Hales, connected to University College London, there has been research done into the claim, showing that bats have been damaging historically important artifacts with their bodily waste.
However, all of the 17 species of bats in the UK are protected by the law as their numbers are low. So the removal of bats is outlawed as it could affect the bats ability to survive.
Professor Hales has also said that the bats have chosen the churches and chapels to roost in as they provide a unique location, landscape, construction and environmental condition that are suitable for them.
The government department, Public Health England, has stated that there is no risk to people’s health and safety from bat urine and droppings. While the department did say that a virus similar to rabies has been found in bats in Britain, the virus can only be spread through a scratch or bite.
Where this leaves us now, is that if you feel that your health and safety has been compromised due to an animal related hazard then you may be eligible to make unexpected accident claims in Norwich with Accident Advice Helpline.
How do I contact Accident Advice Helpline to make unexpected accident claims in Norwich?
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 to make claims for compensation, where one of our advisers can provide additional information on where you stand legally with raising a claim.
Date Published: 3rd July 2014
Author: David Brown