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No men went to mow

“A straightforward, sensible risk assessment would quickly show where real dangers lie, and what can be done to address them.” Hear hear!

Healthy Working Lives

No men went to mow

English Heritage have been criticised for cancelling the mowing of the grass banks around Carlisle Castle for health and safety reasons. The sloped grassy banks of the moat have been a feature of the Castle for almost 1,000 years, but a recent decision was taken to cancel the twice yearly cut.

English Heritage, which took over the castle’s maintenance from the environment department 25 years confirmed that safety measures had ended the mow.

A spokesman said:

“We regularly cut the large areas of grass in front of the castle, but following updated guidance from the Health and Safety Executive, we have stopped cutting the steep banks in the area of the moat.”

The spokesman said that other ways of maintaining the banks were being considered.

Graeme Walker of the HSE stated that they had not issued any new guidance.

Appropriate equipment should always be used. Three people died at work using mowing equipment last year, and a number of sit-on mowers turned over on steep slopes.

The risks are real, but with appropriate management of those risks, for example using a different type of mower, activities can continue. A straightforward, sensible risk assessment would quickly show where real dangers lie, and what can be done to address them.

NHS Health Scotland

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