Salford City Council is responsible for the management of four cemeteries across the city and an important part of this responsibility is to ensure a safe environment for those visiting or working in the cemeteries.
Therefore, the council is in the process of carrying out comprehensive safety inspections on all headstones and memorials to ensure they are safe.
Since 2003, Salford City Council has implemented a rolling programme of testing the safety of all headstones within the cities four cemeteries. The results of these tests are recorded and in the cases of headstones that are considered to be dangerous, where possible the grave owners are informed. If this cannot be done, the council also has a programme of repairing these memorials. In a few cases where the headstone was assessed to be an immediate danger, these were laid down.
Salford City Council has a duty to protect visitors to cemeteries and staff working in cemeteries (including contractors) from the possible danger caused by unsafe memorials.
Weaste, Peel Green and Agecroft Cemeteries have now been inspected and Swinton is currently undergoing repairs.
Safety inspections are carried out by members of staff who have received training in how to check the safety of memorials. Training was provided by qualified instructors from the National Association of Memorial Masons and the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.
The tester will make a visual assessment first and then follow this with a hand test.
As the owner of a memorial you have a duty to ensure it is safe. You must contact a suitably qualified person or firm to arrange for it to be made safe.
You should contact a memorial mason who is registered with the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons to arrange for it to be repaired. Alternatively you can contact Agecroft Cemetery office on 0161 686 7290 and arrange for the memorial to be repaired by the council's contractor.
Yes, the council has a duty to regularly check that headstones are safe and secure.