UKA launch safeguarding course
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