Council facilities 'must ensure public are not at risk'

Local councils must ensure that the facilities they operate are safe for the public to use, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

If they do not and a person is injured, they could find themselves at the centre of expensive compensation claims.

"It's important that councils, like any other organisations, must have systems and procedures in place to ensure that the safety of members of the public is not put at risk by their activities," HSE inspector Carol Forster clarified.

She went on to stress the importance of the health and safety of children who use exhibits in museums.

Her comments follow the recent prosecution of Newcastle City Council, which was fined GBP 12,000 after a five-year-old girl injured her hand at one of its museums.

Last month, it was reported in the Sheffield Star that an 81-year-old had made a compensation claim against Barnsley Council.

Clary Day made the claim after injuring himself by slipping on wet grass cuttings that were left on a public footpath.

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