Since Victorian times, memorials have been erected on graves as a permanent reminder of family and loved ones.
Memorial safety inspections
It is often assumed that memorials are permanent structures that have been installed to the highest quality and will last forever without any need for repair. This assumption is incorrect and poorly maintained memorials have led to fatalities in cemeteries, however, the risk to visitors remains low.
On the advice of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is carrying out inspections of all memorials in its cemeteries and closed churchyards.
You might find that a memorial of a friend or loved one has been found to be dangerous and action has been taken to make it safe. This might mean, for example, that the memorial has a safety notice displayed or a structural support attached. It is important that you do not touch or interfere in any way with a memorial that has been found to be unsafe. If you are the grave owner or their heir(s), it is important that you contact the Cemetery Office as soon as possible.
The responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of individual memorials rests with the owner of the rights of burial or other person granted the right to place and maintain a memorial on a grave space. This includes responsibility for making memorials safe if they are found to be dangerous during safety inspections.
To get your memorial repaired you will need to contact a memorial mason who is registered to work within Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council’s cemeteries. A list of approved memorial masons is available from the Cemetery Office on request.
If the council are unable to find owners for memorials or relatives are unwilling to pay for a repair then the council will act to permanently make the memorial safe. This will be done by either part burying the memorial or laying it flat.
Last updated: 28/03/2018 09:10