Despite a number of high profile campaigns to prevent goalpost-related incidents, sadly injuries and fatalities still occur. Accidents happen for a number of reasons — children swinging on posts and weakening them, incorrect installation, poor maintenance, or goalposts collapsing because they've not been anchored down correctly.
It’s the sports organisation’s responsibility to ensure the safety of players with regards to goalposts. Responsibilities include:
Your organisation must also conform to the relevant European Standards for sports equipment. These vary from sport to sport and if you need advice then we can signpost you to the relevant standard(s).
In addition to the visual checks carried out before every game, you should also ensure that your goalposts have an annual check-up and risk assessment. These annual assessments should include tests for strength and stability as described in the relevant BS EN standard, for example BS EN 748 for playing fields or BS 8462 for youth football.
Although no one can put a price on safety, you may be surprised to learn that goalpost risk assessments are actually very affordable. Our service starts from just £99.00
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