Outdoor Adventure accidents
Many people enjoy the adrenaline and challenge involved in participating in adventure challenges and outdoor activities; you may have attended a work away day with your employer or participated with friends or family. There are obvious risks involved with outdoor / adventure activities such as rock climbing, mountaineering or zip wiring. There are less obvious risks involved in taking part in assault courses, team building exercises or mountain bike rides.
- Can I make a claim?
There are clear legal obligations on the organisers of these events. If you have been asked by your employer to take part in such activities, they also owe you a duty of care to ensure your safety. This duty will still apply even if the activity was outside office hours or was worded as being “voluntary”.
- Types of accidents
Sadly, organisers and employers don’t always comply with their duty to take care. Over the years, we have represented many individuals who have been injured as a result of participating in such activities. Successful cases have been brought on the basis of
- Defective equipment
- Failure to carry out a proper risk assessment
- Incorrect training
- Poor or no instruction
- Negligence of other participants, supervisors or site owners
- What should I do if an accident has happened?
If you have injured yourself whilst taking part in an outdoor/adventure activity:
- Ensure that the injury is reported to staff and entered in their accident book
- Take photographs of the area where you sustained the injury or of the faulty equipment
- Obtain witnesses’ contact details, if applicable