UKA launch safe­guard­ing course

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UK ATH­LET­ICS has an­nounced plans to bring throws safety cages up to IAAF stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tions over the next few years.

The move will see more than 200 cages in the UK mod­i­fied to meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Work­ing in co­op­er­a­tion with The Ham­mer Cir­cle and home coun­try ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tions, UKA have iden­ti­fied the venues in­volved and will work with the op­er­a­tors to un­der­take a pro­gramme of cage mod­erni­sa­tion.

Pri­or­ity will be given to venues that host higher lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion, or are home to ac­tive train­ing groups of throw­ers, or which have cages ad­ja­cent to the 200m start.

These venues will be con­tacted by UKA in the com­ing weeks about mod­ernising their cages ahead of next sea­son, while it’s ex­pected the en­tire project will be fin­ished by April 2022.

Michael Hunt, UKA fa­cil­i­ties and health and safety man­ager, said: “Ear­lier this year there was a near miss in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a ham­mer at a league fix­ture where we were for­tu­nate not to see a se­ri­ous in­jury oc­cur.

“The safety of all ath­letes and ath­let­ics par­tic­i­pants is para­mount and im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent we con­ducted a thor­ough re­view of all UK cages. As a re­sult of the re­view UKA has de­fined a new UK cage spec­i­fi­ca­tion that will re­duce the ‘dan­ger zone’ of all UK cages and will pro­vide in­creased safety for all fa­cil­ity users.

“We know new throws cages are costly and we have worked with the Track & Play di­vi­sion of the Sport & Play Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (SAPCA) to de­velop a pro­gramme of cage mod­i­fi­ca­tion as op­posed to re­place­ment which has been en­dorsed by fa­cil­i­ties providers.”

Dave Smith, chair­man of

The Ham­mer Cir­cle, said:

“It is im­por­tant to get these mod­i­fi­ca­tions right to en­sure our throw­ing events pros­per into the fu­ture. UKA have been prag­matic in their ap­proach and we have worked hard to pro­vide a num­ber of so­lu­tions that are af­ford­able and achiev­able within the pro­posed time­frame.”

Cages need mod­erni­sa­tion to help avoid ac­ci­dents

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