16 November 2018
Tower tours are a great way to allow parishioners and other members of the public to enjoy the splendour of your church, while raising funds for a good cause.
Preventing accidents during tower tours
- The adequacy of edge protection at high levels
- The suitability of the access route
- The condition of staircases, steps and handrails
- The adequacy of any lighting
- Any precautions where there are height restrictions or other projections
- The maximum number of persons permitted on the tour
- The number of stewards required
- Any emergency procedures that may be required
- Any safety information required for visitors1.
In some situations you may need to:
- Complete risk assessments if you are an employer to identify the precautions you need to take
- Provide information and training for any employees and volunteers on what they need to do
- Make periodic checks and inspections to ensure that your precautions remain adequate and that equipment is safe
- Document your arrangements and responsibilities for managing safety during tower tours, perhaps as part of your health and safety policy
- Keep records of what you have done.