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Memorial Safety Inspections

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires all burial authorities to ensure that memorials are safe so that the potential for injury to those visiting and working in the cemetery is reduced. 

All headstones are owned by and are the responsibility of the grave owner(s) or their next of kin. However, the council has the obligation of making a memorial safe if it is found to be in an unsafe condition. 

The council understands that the inspection work may be upsetting for family and friends of loved ones with a memorial. Great effort will be taken to ensure there is as much communication as possible available to make people aware of the planned inspections prior to them starting.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Will you inform me if my memorial is unsafe?

The council will endeavour to contact the last known grave owner, where records exist of every memorial that is less than 30 years old. We will also post a notice on the grave to inform any relatives or visitors in this respect.
Unfortunately it will be inevitable that the council will try to make contact by letter with grave owner(s) who may have since passed away themselves. Please accept the council's sincerest apologies if this should happen, we certainly do not wish to upset anyone. We would appreciate it if you could let us know if this happens so that we can update our records.

+ Can I test the memorial myself?

No. You must contact a memorial mason as soon as possible to arrange for it to be fixed and made safe. An accredited memorial mason will ensure that work carried out on the memorial is completed to professional standards issued by NAMMs or BRAMMs, plus they will also ensure the correct paperwork and permissions are obtained.
If you have any further questions regarding memorial inspections and testing please see frequently asked questions on our Memorials page.