Health & Safety
Report of the Health and Safety Officer 2018
How many accidents we have remains a mystery? I have therefore asked you all to voluntarily fill in a
form available from the web site which advises the guild of incidents involving ringers.
In the last year there have been four anecdotal incidents in East Cornwall alone. This does not
appear to be many. However, if we statistically compare these incidents to the average HSE seven-
day lost time incident rates for Cornwall we see that we have an incident rate of at least half as
The life changing injuries reported all involve arms. Some of those people may never ring again. They
reflect a lack of maintenance systems. I therefore ask that you all inspect and record the condition of
stays, sliders and travelling ways.
If you have any concerns or want advice please contact me.
TDGR reporting an incident in a bell tower
Each year we become aware of incidents in the bell tower. Often these are anecdotal and rarely are they investigated or information about them passed on across the exercise so that we can avoid future incidents and learn from those incidents that have happened.
The Guild would appreciate your help in providing me with the information set out below as this will help to inform any advice or training plans. The aim would be to help make the exercise safer for everyone and spread good practice to all ringers in this diocese.
TOWER name (I may contact the tower captain/secretary via the website)
ABOUT the INCIDENT
WHERE did the incident happen?
Was someone INJURED? Their age
What was the INJURY?
Please DESCRIBE what HAPPENED – what was the person doing? As much detail as possible please.
FOLLOWING the INCIDENT
If there was an injury, did the person need medical treatment? Hospital? GP?
Was the incident reported to the incumbent/a church warden?
Was this report verbal or written or both?
Do you know whether there is a recorded maintenance log book for the tower?
Please describe any action that has been taken to prevent a similar incident.
When were the bells and fittings last inspected?
Thank you for your help. Please copy or print it from the Health & Safety Officer’s page on the website and email it to:- Rob Pearce, Guild Health & Safety Officer.