'Coping with Slopes’ (Golf course death & Mowing Workshops)

12 March 2015

RIG has often highlighted incidents which have occurred whilst mowing grass on slopes. Sadly, another death occurred recently in the amenity sector when a sprayer overturned at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, one of the UK’s premier golf clubs and which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010.

A 20-year-old man died when the spraying vehicle he was in rolled into one of the club’s lakes. His father was also in the ’buggy’ but survived, with just minor injuries.  It is understood that both were employed by national specialists, Complete Weed Control.  This incident has been widely covered in the specialist and national media.

High demand for another ‘Mowing on Slopes’ Workshop
In response to demand following the ‘sell-out’ success of the first ‘Coping with Slopes’ event – focussing on mowing ‘amenity’ grass on steep slopes – held at Draycote Water, Warwickshire in October 2014, the British Association of Landscape Industries/ National Contractors Forum (BALI-NCF ) have arranged a similar event on 26 March 2015 at the same venue, between 10 and 2pm. For further details and to book a place contact BALI.

This second event will again highlight the risks and different methods involved in managing vegetation on slopes, with practical demonstrations of a wide range of specialised machinery working on the extensive steep grassed embankments of one of the largest reservoirs in the Midlands, owned by Severn Trent.

The previous Workshop started with an informative presentation from Frances Hirst of HSE’s Agriculture and Waste Sector, who summarised current issues, recent incidents and prosecutions. This was followed by a speaker from HSL on avoiding slips and trips – in the general working environment, as well as the importance of considering this regular cause of injury and lost time in the design of machines. Suitable footwear was also discussed.

The 150+ attendees were then able to watch the working demonstrations and speak to the 12 exhibitors who each brought a number of impressive machines designed specifically to maintain  steep embankments. See report and photographs of the previous Workshop on the BALI website.

The follow-up event on 26 March will provide another great opportunity for grounds maintenance and landscape contractors to benchmark a range of machinery.  It is also very relevant to managers in Local Authorities and other organisations, eg estates, leisure and sports facilities, golf courses, etc, who would gain a valuable understanding of safe embankment management.

Technical specialists will again be available to provide best practice advice and the event is open to non-BALI members at £10 +vat (per person) or the reduced price of £5 +vat for BALI members. To book your place contact Emily Feeney on emily.feeney@bali.org.uk or 0247 669 0333.

nb.  All tickets are on a first come first served basis with a maximum of 80 places, and are selling out fast. If you would like more information for this event call Jonathan Tame on 024 7669 8653 or visit www.bali.org.uk .