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BMX Track - H&S Duties

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BMX Track - H&S Duties

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Hi all,

Just another quick questions to pick your brains with.

A friend of mine has a piece of land and is looking to create a BMX track on it for the publics use. His plan is for people to pay to use it, but then use it at their own convenience, risk, without any knowledge of the users competence and without any training or induction in respect of the risks present.

Are there any health and safety duties/ legislation i can raise to his attention as this doesn't site comfortably with me. On the flip side, some of us have hobbies of cycling through woods or walking up steep mountains which carry their risks (albeit we don't pay to do this usually), so am i just overthinking things?

Thanks for your thoughts all.

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Post by bernicarey »

Just a quick thought.
Plenty of Councils have installed skateboard facilities over the years. These are not controlled in any way..... although they aren't charged for.
Might be an area of enquiry worth exploring.
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What about inviting a BMX club to adopt it - pay rent for the field, and how they actually run and maintain it is the clubs call. I would advise stay at arms length.
Investigated a fatality on such a track within local authority park. It was the BMX club who 'ran' it, although open to anyone. Very unclear who was accountable due to the council branded promotional billboards.

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Oh forgot. There are various organisations who give advice on farmer diversification and the various things to consider. CLA, maybe others.

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Contact an insurance company and they will till what to comply with.

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Insurance companies are not that useful in my experience. Unless you are lucky, you will be advised by a help desk operator.

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Post by stephen1974 »

If you just ask for their advice, but if you actually look in to getting a policy with them they should outline their requirements. Look for an insurance company that does a lot of sports activities or in this case, I would suggest going through British Cycling as they cover all sorts of cycling insurance including bmx tracks.

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