Points of law
QAccidents on moors, whether shooting related or not, are thankfully rare, but what does the law state about liability should someone injure themselves or cause injury to another?
AAs the organiser of any commercial shoot which employs staff, you have a legal obligation to organise and manage the shoot in such a way as to ensure
‘so far as is reasonably practicable’ the health and safety of those within your employ and to those who might be affected by the activities you are carrying out. the legal obligation is to assess relevant risks and put in place measures either to remove the risk altogether (where possible) or else to ensure that the operation is conducted in such a way as to reduce the risk to the lowest possible level. It is a good idea to ensure that your health and safety arrangements are recorded in writing also – in many cases this too is a legal requirement. Properly carried out risk assessments should identify all and any hazards both relating to how the day is organised and any other issues – perhaps like some unusual/uneven ground
As an employer you will of course carry suitable employer and public liability insurance over which should indemnify you against claims from paying guns, members of the public and employees who might be injured in accidents. You cannot of course insure against regulatory fines were you to be prosecuted. Most insurance policies will not cover you for Fees for Intervention costs either.
there may of course be circumstances that arise whereby an accident happens which is nothing to do with the shoot or the shoot organisers. Whilst the commercial insurance may cover such eventualities it might be an idea to see to ensure all guns have their own public liability cover – personally I think picking up a gun without having your own insurance cover in place is a crazy thing to do. Most of the shooting organisations provide public liability cover as part of their membership – although, as with most things in life, some are better than others.