Avoid Slips, Trips Or Falls When Hiking
1st August 2013
Although the owners, supervisors or operators of public land have a responsibility to keep the premises in a safe manner, and can find themselves facing public liability claims if they fail to do so, members of the public also need to take care of their own safety.
Many people will be heading out on hikes around the UK’s beautiful countryside over the next few weeks and months, taking advantage of the good weather to see some of the country’s most phenomenal sights. While our personal injury solicitors would never advise people not to take part in these activities, it is important for hikers to consider their health and safety before they hit the road.
So how can hikers prevent slips, trips and falls?
Stick to the paths
While you might want to experience untouched nature, you’ll be at a much higher risk of a slip or trip if you don’t stick to the paths, and might find it is harder to receive medical treatment or make a personal injury claim. Developed trails with solid, dry flooring will give you a firm foothold.
Tell people what you’re doing and travel in groups
If you share your travel plans with friends and family, then they will realise something is wrong if you suffer an injury and cannot stick to your schedule. Tell people where you are going, what you plan to do, the time you expect to return, and who you are going with.
Watch where you step
Slips and trip personal injuries are most likely to occur on variable or slippery areas, or when obstructions such as rocks or low-hanging branches block pathways. Take time to ensure you’re walking carefully.
Wear appropriate clothing
Wear hiking boots rather than impractical shoes and dress according to weather conditions, ensuring you are protected from the sun as well as the rain. While poor footwear choices can lead to slips and trips, personal injury claims also arise when people experience exhaustion due to the weather. Find out what the weather is going to be like and change your plans if required.
Don’t push yourself too far
Hike alongside the least capable member of your party and do not push them beyond their limits. If people begin to feel exhausted or excessively tired, they are significantly more likely to suffer a personal injury. Additionally, ensure you are always able to reach civilisation, so you can relax if your party becomes excessively tired or receive medical attention if necessary.
Learn first aid
Knowing first aid can make all the difference between a minor and a serious personal injury. Bring all basic first aid equipment along with you and know how to treat injuries and deal with slip and trip accidents.
Taking care of your party’s safety can help you avoid serious personal injuries and enjoy yourself safely while hiking. There’s no need to let safety considerations ruin your fun, but don’t allow unnecessary accidents to cause devastating injuries either.