The Groundsman

April 2013

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the Groundsman April 2013 IOG ADVICE 31 Ask The Expert The IOG���s panel of experts answers your questions regarding groundsmanship issues, turfcare advice, careers guidance or training matters What are the legal issues relating to an injury sustained while working or playing on a sports surface at my club? Over the last 12 months, we have received a number of queries relating to injuries sustained while on a sports surface. Around half of these have been from groundstaff, or their employers, regarding the threat of legal action by external parties, the other 50 per cent have been from solicitors or those injured parties seeking information to support their claim. In cases regarding the former, we can only offer advice on the areas we are qualified to do so, and appropriate legal consultation would be prudent in such matters. However, there are things that a club should be doing as a matter of course and that includes checking to see if the sport���s governing body issues guidance on facility management. The Football Association (FA), for example, has a very comprehensive document relating to posts (Goals for Football Guidance Notes), while the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) offers legal advice and support on the ���Places��� section of its website ( Our advice is to undertake risk assessments for all activities. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offers a ���how to guide��� and templates We would suggest that you place these on file and update them on a regular basis, while considering performance quality standards in relation to the suitability of the surface for play. Ultimately in sports matches, it tends to be the match official who determines if participants are safe to take to the field, but issues regarding border fences, trespassers falling into potholes and polo players being thrown from horses have all crossed our desk. It is sensible to take a very wide ranging and thorough view of potential hazards and seek to ensure that remedial action safeguards anyone who may come into contact with that environment. This includes any duties you may be asked to perform yourself. This information is meant as a guideline only. Please seek legal advice for more in-depth information. IOG members can call Law Express on 0800 092 1980 in the first instance. Please contact if you have a personal query or would like to share your views with our readers ��� we���d love to hear from you

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