Looking after sports equipment – How to reduce risk, prolong product life and save money

For over 12 years, Mark Harrod Ltd has been manufacturing and supplying a wide range of sports products to clubs, associations and schools with quality football goals and sporting equipment.

As well as manufacturing and supplying the equipment, the team offers installation, maintenance and servicing support for its customers to help them ensure that the equipment remains safe in use for years to come.

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Mike Bugajski, has been visiting customers for 10 years to check that the products are being installed and maintained correctly and is concerned to find that, more often than not, basic guidelines are not being followed which could result in injury or damage to the product.

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Taking goal posts as an example, injuries are completely preventable if they are installed correctly, inspected regularly and used appropriately.

Mike said: “All of our products are supplied with a general maintenance and safety guide outlining how products should be installed and checked. Health and safety is of upmost importance to any club, school or association offering sporting facilities and it’s their responsibility to provide equipment that is fit for purpose and maintained to the required standard.

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“None of the customers that I visit would refute this but they don’t always realise that by regularly checking their equipment, not only keeps it safe and in good working order, it saves them money too. I often go on site visits to find football posts that have been installed incorrectly to start with. Not only could this create a health and safety hazard, it could put pressure on the component parts and damage them requiring them to be replaced – an expense that could have been simply avoided by following the installation guide correctly. Similarly, I sometimes find that posts have been dragged along the ground instead of dropping down the wheels that have been specifically designed to make moving large, heavy equipment easier – again resulting in parts needing replacing. The examples are endless.

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Mark Harrod Ltd can ease the burden of keeping an eye on equipment and provide customers with peace of mind, ensuring that goal posts and other equipment remain fit for purpose and safe to use.

The general maintenance and safety guide provided with all Mark Harrod Ltd goal post products covers assembly, dismantling, checking, anchoring, moving and storage as well as inspection sheets for recording all observations made and for keeping as evidence of best practice.

Service and Maintenance Contracts are available at an additional cost which ensure sports equipment at customers’ premises conforms to the BS8461:2012 Code of Practice, BS748:2004 AND BS8462:2012.

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Visit www.markharrod.com to download a copy of the maintenance and safety guide and to view the product range or call 01502 710039 to discuss the services available in more detail.

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Customer testimonial: The goals for my club Bradenham Wanderers FC arrived, and I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for the wonderful service from start to finish, if only every company could operate a customer service like yours, life would be so easy. 5 star performance, or 10 out of 10 ,what ever way you look at it, the experience of dealing with you guys has been a pleasure.

Harry Murfet

Basic Maintenance and Safety Tips:

• Always use manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations when assembling equipment

• Check equipment a minimum of once a week and ALWAYS before any game or training activity

• All equipment should be weighted and /or anchored at all times

• Never drag equipment across the ground. This could cause damage to the product and the surface, whether natural or synthetic