On several occasions over the past months hall equipment has not been correctly stored. This has resulted in some situations that are hazardous to users and have had the potential to cause personal injury.
The following are some examples of what has occurred in the last two months.
- Tables on trolley NOT secured and in danger of falling when trolley moved. Potential to injure the next person moving the trolley.
- Too many tables on the trolley. There should be seven tables stacked on the trolley. It is difficult to put an additional table on the trolley but somebody did manage it and left a very unstable unit as a result. Three of the brown tables should be stored against the white tables in the store cupboard.
- Two tables stacked in the cupboard in a dangerous manner, leaning against the door waiting to fall out. This was VERY dangerous and had the potential
for serious injury.
- Chairs stacked haphazardly and liable to topple over. There should be a maximum of nine chairs in a single stack.
- Power left switched on in kitchen causing dangerous overheating of hostess trolley. This was a significant fire risk.
- Lights left on and the front door left unlocked.
Other incidents that have had an unpleasant result are not flushing toilets, blocking cupboards in store with chairs, dirty crockery put away in kitchen.
We wish to remind ALL users that it is their responsibility to ensure that the hall and its equipment is left SAFE, CLEAN, and TIDY. That all lights are turned OFF, windows SHUT and doors LOCKED and that all equipment has been correctly stored in the allocated spaces. Signs showing the correct storage positions have now been attached to the inside of the storeroom doors.
It does not take very much time to make a proper check when vacating the hall. We would ask that one member of your organisation is nominated to make a final check of the Hall before locking up.
If there is any doubt as to the correct requirements, please ASK and we will gladly show any user.
Please report any incidents to that you find to us immediately so that we can rectify them BEFORE someone is hurt/injured.
Timberscombe Village Hall