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WINTER BRINGS NEW CHALLENGES FOR OUTDOOR RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

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Outdoor facilities can pose considerable risks and potentially high levels of loss, in the case of just one local a...
Outdoor facilities can pose considerable risks and potentially high levels of loss, in the case of just one local authority damages of£1m were awarded following an incident where a local resident was seriously injured in a partially drained tidal pool. To help local authorities to identify and reduce these risks, Zurich Municipal has launched the Coastal, Water Areas and Open Spaces Reports.

The Coastal Survey focuses on the risks apparent in foreshore and promenade areas. The Water Areas Report covers canals, reservoirs, rivers, lakes and ponds. The Open Spaces Report includes parklands, footpaths and associated equipment such as gates, bridges and fencing. Seasonal weather changes that occur with the onset of winter can result in a variety of new hazards in both of these areas.

The surveys highlight potential deficiencies in health and safety and risk management procedures, provide a profile of potential risks and offer constructive advice and recommendations for remedial action.

These reports can focus on a specific risk area, or can provide a general overview of the dangers associated with a wider site. Each survey is carried out by a qualified loss control consultant, who will conduct a review of the investigation of accidents, assess the organisation's compliance with statutory duties and suggest risk management measures for implementation.

John Robinson from Zurich Municipal, said:

'As winter approaches the risks associated with outdoor facilities can change dramatically, resulting in different hazards from those associated with the summer months.

'The Coastal, Water Areas and Open Spaces reports will help councils to become more aware of where risks lie and to prioritise action accordingly, providing a safer environment for local communities to use and enjoy'.

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