Inspection & Maintenance FAQS

Inspection & Maintenance FAQS

Terminology within industries can be a minefield, when it comes to the playground industry and the types of inspection available it can be quite confusing too.

Hopefully, the following information within this section will answer many of the commonly raised questions ... covering playground inspection and area reports that we have experienced over 25 years in the playground industry.

Do I really need my Play Area inspected?

The European Standard for Playground Safety, BS EN1176 recommends that regular inspections take place as part of a planned inspection schedule. The onus is on the management of any facility to be able to demonstrate that a robust and documented inspection practice is in place.

How often should inspections be carried out?

It is good practice that a schedule of visual inspections occurs regularly and that these are supported by more in-depth Monthly / Quarterly Operational Inspections and an Annual Inspection.  The frequency of visual and operational inspections will vary depending on the location, type of equipment and usage.

Visual inspections are usually carried out by your own grounds staff following training. Operational and Annual inspections require more detail and are supported by a full written report containing photographs, details of location, equipment and surroundings. A risk assessment is often enclosed within the report, providing a vital tool for the safe management of the area. These are carried out by qualified independent inspectors.

Can I carry out a Playground inspection myself?

Yes you can carry out visual level inspections yourself. We recommend you attend a playground visual inspection training course before you attempt this. Operational and Annual Inspections must be carried out by an RPII certified engineer.

If a problem is reported what should I do?

Don’t panic is the first thing! You need to take stock of the problem and the level of risk this presents and take action accordingly.  However once a defect is identified appropriate steps should be taken to rectify the problem within a reasonable time frame and depending on the risk.

How long do I have to keep copies of Inspection reports?

All our inspection reports are generated electronically so they are easily stored and shared.  You should keep copies of these inspection reports for at least 20 years.

Do you inspect any manufacturer’s equipment?

We are qualified to inspect any manufacturer’s equipment, even those companies that are no longer in business.

My equipment was installed many years ago under BS5696 and I am sure it will fail when inspected to the latest standard.  Will I have to replace the equipment?

The current standards of EN1176 (equipment), EN1177 (surfacing) and EN16630 (outdoor fitness) cannot be applied retrospectively so provided your equipment was compliant under the standard when originally installed and is regularly inspected and maintained it should be fine.

There can be situations where you require equipment relocating due to development works or playground refurbishment … in this scenario it should then be treated as a new installation and a fresh look at the standards advisable.

Can you undertake repairs or supply the parts?

Yes, all our reports are followed by a no-obligation quotation for the works identified. This work can be undertaken on a supply and install basis or parts only.

Can you provide me with a quotation for repairs following an inspection by another company?

Yes we can, provided the report contains good quality photographs showing the work which needs to be carried out. Where this is not possible we can arrange for a Maintenance Technician to attend site FOC to identify the parts which need replacing. Again repairs can be undertaken on a supply and install basis or parts only.

Can you help if the equipment manufacturer is no longer trading?

Unfortunately, we do come across some equipment where the manufacturer has ceased to trade.  These situations can still be resolved wherever possible but alas not always … however we will always do our best to provide you with an alternative solution.  FLP, with its roots in manufacturing can either provide the parts if they are still available or manufacture new component parts from the originals. We currently stock over 3000 components so the chances are we can help.

Can safety surfacing be repaired?

FLP have a dedicated team of maintenance engineers on hand to repair all types of surfacing from Safagrass, Rubber Mulch, loose fill surfaces such as sand and bark through to rubber wetpour, tiles,artificial grass and carpet. Whether, it’s a simple repair or the replacement of the entire surface we have you covered.

Do you have insurance?

Yes, we have full insurance cover in place. We always recommend customers ask for proof of insurance before any work commences.

Can you repair any manufacturer’s equipment?

We can obtain and fit parts for anyone’s equipment … although please be aware that leadtimes for carrying out the repair work can be affected by the manufactures own leadtimes.  In these situations we will endeavour to provide you with a realistic timescale when ordering.

Our equipment has no manufacturer’s identification on it – can you still help?

Yes no problem at all, with a collective 140 years’ experience  within our business we are familiar with most manufacturers equipment. We hold a library of historic pictures and catalogues dating back over 30 years which assists our team in identifying the date and the manufacturer of almost any equipment. As above, we do unfortunately come across some equipment where the manufacturer has ceased to trade, or cannot be identified.  These situations can still be resolved wherever possible but alas not always … however we will always do our best to provide you with an alternative solution.


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