Risk assessment for Scottish country dance classes

Angus Henry

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Yes, at St Andrews Summer School. Social dancing the first evening
in the Common Room in University Hall (Tuesday).
The late Alice Murphy was M/C and wisely (and clearly) warned dancers
as we started to be very careful and considerate so as to avoid
accidents.
The first dance was Happy Meeting; at the end of the 2nd 32 bars this
meant 8 couples in the 2 sets turning RH across the room.
The couple next to us, from well south of the border although the man
had a Scottish accent, chose to cross hands, lean back and spin; with
two elderly ladies behind me I had nowhere to go to avoid the obvious
crash and ended up with muscle, ligament and cartilage damage to my
right knee.
The rest of the fortnight was mostly spent in bed with my leg up in
ice, in between visits to the physio, but the University domestic
staff very kindly brought me crosswords etc (we still have an ongoing
friendship with her, the one good thing about the fortnight).
The damage lasted for 6 months before reasonable use returned.
Being old fashioned we did not consider suing, but having flown with
my wife from Australia for the visit it was a very expensive bed rest!

It can happen!

Angus

On 03-11-2008, at 5:57, Pia wrote:

> It just takes one to sue unfortunately.
>
> Pia
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fiona Grant [mailto:xxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx]
> Sent: 02 November 2008 18:29
> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
> Subject: Risk assessment for Scottish country dance classes
>
> Re: I'd be interested to know whether anyone has actually
> experienced or
> witnessed an accident caused by SCD. I find it hard to imagine.
>
> Hi Martin
>
> Apart from ankle twists, muscle pulls and tears, the odd concussive
> head
> bump, elbow in the eye, kilt pin/jewllery scratch, hard landing on
> slippery
> floor, trips over own or other's feet, stepping on protruding outdoor
> shoes/bags escaping from under chairs, fainting from dehydration and/
> or heat
> stress and/or hyper-ventilation, running from the floor/hall in
> emotional
> distress/anger/tears.- it's all added to the excitement over the
> years. Have
> none of these happened at a dance location near you?
>
> There is one particular SCD pianist I know (and known to you too
> Martin) who
> seems to have ladies falling at his feet regularly when he is
> attending
> dance events. Fortunately Ken has many well practised first aid
> skills and
> knowledge from his years of professional doctoring.
>
> But I have to say, not one of these accidents has ever to my knowledge
> resulted in a court case or insurance claim against the organisers. It
> certainly would be hard to prove that there had been no contributory
> negligence by participant dancer/injured party themselves, so I
> think we can
> all tick the boxes on the risk assessment sheet, and keep mentioning
> to the
> class to take care of themselves and others on the dance floor, and so
> remain confident that the SCD dancer is not a litigious sort, at
> least, not
> so far.
>
> Happy hirpling,
> Fiona
> Bristol
> UK
>
> (SCH =Scottish country hirpling - a new dance style for the injured)
>
> Thx to Lee and Walter for tips on recordings for the Saltire Medley.
>
>
>

Angus & Puka Henry
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA
Website: <http://www.users.on.net/~anguka/>

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