- We have employed staff who are trained in testing memorials.
- Two people conduct each test.
- The first part of the test is a visual inspection to identify the type of memorial and its condition.
- The second part is tested with a piece of equipment known as a Topple Tester. This equipment measures the amount of pressure applied at a given
point, up to 35kg. If the memorial starts to move before reaching this point the inspection is stopped and the reading on the Topple Tester is
recorded and the memorial is stake and banded. If the memorial withstands the 35kg of pressure the memorial is classified as safe.
In November 2005, Bereavement Services introduced a detailed inspection programme based on colour and category classifications:
- Category 1: Red - For memorials requiring immediate attention. Following completion of remedial works, re-inspection is carried out in five
- Category 2: Amber - For memorials requiring repairs and re-inspection in a year's time.
- Category 3: Green - For memorials requiring re-inspection in 5 year's time.
A Memorial Safety Team comprising of three employees undertakes the task. Inspection and remedial works are undertaken on a plot by plot basis.
Each memorial within every cemetery under the service's jurisdiction will be inspected in accordance with the above classifications. The inspection
scheme is reviewed on an annual basis.
For any memorial which has been classified Red or Amber, we write to the owners, providing we have up to date records. We inform them of the safety
inspection's findings and offer advice.