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I'm sure many of us are by now wishing for summer (I certainly am!) but there are many advantages to the crisp cold winter weather!

This is still prime time for those lovely winter holidays away including skiing through Austrian snow.

As you may have seen recently, many celebrities are skiing on a much more competitive level on Chanel 4's reality show 'The Jump.' It appears, however, that the fun and competitive nature of the show has been tarnished with safety concerns. There have been many serious accidents on this series of the show including former Olympian Beth Tweddle who has had to have surgery to fuse fractured vertebrae in her neck. She was lucky to avoid paralysis. She sustained the injury whilst training in Austria for the winter sports-themed reality show. Other celebrities injured have included Olympian Rebecca Adlington who sustained a shoulder injury and Holby City actress Tina Hobley who dislocated her elbow and suffered two fractures to her arm.

Whilst I understand the majority of the incidents have been simply unfortunate accidents that come with this type of sport Tina Hobley's was different. Her accident was due to negligence on the part of the crew of The Jump. I am led to believe that the accident happened when the 44-year-old became distracted while practising a jump after crew from the show failed to vacate the landing area. She tweeted a picture of her arm in a cast and wrote: “When you’re sent to jump and find a man in your landing area – dislocated elbow, two fractures, so sad!”

Channel 4 has issued an apology for Hobley’s injury and said it will be putting extra procedures in place to ensure the error does not happen again. A spokeswoman said: “The Jump adheres to the strictest safety protocols to ensure that the health and safety of the competitors is always paramount. “Tina’s fall was caused by simple human error when members of the ground crew failed to clear the outrun. “All those involved have been spoken to and extra procedures have now been put in place by the producers to ensure that this will not happen again.

The show has recently been branded  as 'disastrous' and  the most dangerous show on television leading it to face the axe next year. The show has been a real concern for Channel 4 bosses and now insurers could face major payouts. Thankfully, the celebrities who were injured are on the road to recovery.

Please enjoy any remaining winter holidays but just remember- when you're putting on your ski boots- make sure you aren’t exposing yourself to any unnecessary risk! 

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