It is recommended that a there is a more rigorous approach for outdoor fixed play equipment, recommending recorded visual, periodic and annual engineering inspections by a competent person.
An annual inspection of school equipment should include, as appropriate:
trampolines and trampettes
fitness equipment – multi-gyms and free weights
indoor and outdoor adventure play equipment
indoor and outdoor sports posts, nets, goals and tables
indoor and outdoor cricket nets
high-jump landing modules
adventure activities facilities – climbing towers, climbing walls
fixed play equipment and safety surfaces
In order to achieve appropriate safe-practice standards for equipment and facility maintenance, inspection contracts should include reference to the scope of the work, the quality and standards of work, the identification of hazards and risks to be managed, and the maintenance tasks to be carried out.
The school leadership team has a responsibility to ensure agreed maintenance requirements are achieved.
The inspection should also include the following:
Cleaning and recovering of plastic and leather surfaces
Checking of metal for wear
Lubrication of moving parts
Replacement of worn parts and items including those on trampolines, multi-gyms, and sports and play equipment.
In addition, employers should check the following:
Appropriate insurance is held by the contractor and made available for scrutiny if necessary – typically, public and product liability insurance and employer’s liability insurance
The company has sufficient workers, tools and materials to fulfil the agreed schedule of work (e.g. there should be at least two operatives where heavy trampolines need to be opened for inspection; appropriate access equipment might need to be carried if the contract requires that high-level apparatus, such as ropes, is inspected at the installation points rather than visually from the floor)
All company personnel carry suitable ID cards
After the inspection
Action based on the report is the responsibility and decision of the head teacher (HT) and governing body.
Source: MaintainX (Community Member)