According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) between 2005 – 2010 and 2010 – 2015, there has been on average 35,041 reported accidents involving children in schools each year – the number of real accidents is probably higher as many smaller less serious accidents go unreported.

Slips, trips and falls are the most common accidents in schools resulting in 42% of all reported injuries; statistically accidents are most likely to occur during PE lessons and playtimes than any other time of the day – many of these are due to faulty or damaged PE and playground equipment. Over £2,000,000 of compensation was successfully claimed by students and staff who had accidents in schools in 2013 alone, with larger claims adding up to well over £100,000.

The European standard EN16630 and EN1176 states that all sports equipment, both internal and external should be inspected at least once a year for condition and safety. The Sports and PE equipment inspections ensure equipment safety and can be beneficial in the case of any insurance claims. In this era of litigation having peace of mind from an inspection is very important and using a competent contractor for your inspections will allow you to feel secure in your sports equipment’s condition.

THE IMPORTANCE OF USING A COMPETENT CONTRACTOR

In brief the importance of using a competent contractor gives you peace of mind, but in order to ensure this happens, let’s look a little closer.

So what is a competent contractor?

HSE define competence as:

• Sufficient knowledge of the tasks to be undertaken and the risks involved

•The experience and ability to carry out their duties in relation to the project, to recognise their limitations and take appropriate action to prevent harm to those carrying out construction work, or those affected by the work.

So does Sportsafe have the right combination of skills, experience and knowledge?

Sportsafe have spent almost 20 years creating a team, policies and procedures to ensure that we meet all UK Health and European Safety standards; we even have accreditations to prove it!

Here are some commonly asked questions and answers about our service.

1. Question: Do you use sub-contractors during your service?

Sportsafe’s Answer: No we don’t use subcontractors.

2. Question: Have you had any accidents in the last 12 months?

Sportsafe’s Answer: We’ve had 1 accident in the last 12 months and no HSE actions against us in the last 6 years.

3. Question: Do you have a clear health and safety policy?

Sportsafe’s Answer: We have a written Health and Safety policy available on request.

4. Question: Do you provide risk assessments for all work carried out?

Sportsafe’s Answer: Yes, we can provide you with written risk assessments for all past and future works.

5. Question: What sort of training do your engineers get and how much experience do they have?

Sportsafe’s Answer: a. Qualifications– all our engineers are trained to the highest industry standards with an 8-week intensive Sportsafe accredited course b. Experience – our team of engineers have a collective 258 years of experience

6. Question: What health and safety training do you provide for your staff?

Sportsafe’s Answer: All of our staff complete a detailed H&S Training course on commencement at Sportsafe and then attend specific refresher courses every three months.

7. Question: Do you have public liability insurance?

Sportsafe’s Answer: We have Public Liability insurance to the value of £10,000,000.

8. Question: Are you members of any professional bodies?

Sportsafe’s Answer: Yes we are members of: a. AFPE b. Safecontractor c. ROSPA d. RPII

9. Question: Do your engineers have full CRB checks?

Sportsafe’s Answer: All our engineers have an enhanced CRB certification.

10. Question: Can you provide methods and plans for all work that will be undertaken?

Sportsafe’s Answer: We provide safety methods for all works undertaken.

If you are looking for a competent contractor to carry out your sports equipment or PE equipment annual safety inspections and servicing please contact Sportsafe UK today on 0844 581 0550 or email [email protected] We can offer individual site contracts as well as group contracts to suit your establishments needs.If you would like some more information contact us today.