Many sportsgrounds have deteriorated due to recent drought conditions & associated water restrictions. Grounds can also become excessively boggy in winter due to poor soil type and inadequate drainage. Hard or soft grounds & poor surface conditions may lead to an increased risk of injuries.
SportsTurf Consultants have conducted over 4,000 ground safety audits for councils & schools over the last few years.
The independent assessment of sports grounds has several benefits.
- Highlights potential issues so that remedial action can be taken to minimise ground closures because it is unsafe.
- Allows monitoring of ground condition to determine whether it is deteriorating or remaining constant.
- Allows early ‘minor’ works to be undertaken, thus avoiding expensive, major works.
Pro-active risk management strategy
- By having a system of regular ground inspections in place will help reduce Council’s insurance premium.
- If there is a claim you need to be able to demonstrate that you have good maintenance schedules & regular ground monitoring in place (ie. a paper trail)
Goodwill with sporting groups
- Council is seen to be looking after sporting groups by having processes in place to minimise ground closures and disruptions to sporting fixtures and training.
SportsTurf Consultants can help in several ways by;
Conducting independent ground safety audits
- Measurement of surface hardness using the Clegg Impact Hammer
- Visual assessment of the playing surface condition including grass cover, surface evenness, stability, presence of cracks & holes, damage due to machinery etc.
- Comprehensive report that highlights grounds that have high injury potential and require remedial action
Development of internal ground assessment procedures
- Working with Councils existing procedures and resources, a comprehensive ground assessment package can be developed for use by operators (mowing crew), supervisors and sporting groups.
- The package developed is designed to meet Council’s requirements, be easy to use, provide useful management information and be an important part of a proactive risk management strategy.
Training of staff and sporting groups (ground users) in risk management issues associated with sportsgrounds and all aspects of ground inspection