The perils of team bonding days
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It is often the case that when something does goes wrong on a team bonding day, serious injuries are the result.
The High Court is hearing this week the case of Simon Reynolds, a planning consultant from Kent who suffered a severe head injury when he fell from a cycle while racing during a team bonding day organised by his firm Strutt & Parker in June.
Apparently he was in collision with a colleague and he was not wearing a cycle helmet. He is claiming that his employers failed to make a risk assessment and therefore were negligent. Strutt and Parker deny liability. It is the evidence of Mr Reynolds that he would have worn a helmet for the race if he had been "required" to wear one and that he would not have sustained "serious and permanent brain injury" had he been wearing one. I understand that the Defendants are saying that helmets were available.
Either way I don't see this case creating new law rather, in my view, it must be further evidence of there being a need for all cyclists to wear helmets, no matter the situation. A helmet won't prevent all head injuries. However, if you wear one, the extent of any injury can often be significantly reduced.
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