Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Project
Completing Risk  Assessments For Visiting Classes.

When organising any visit it is always the responsibility of the school to complete their own risk assessment, taking into account the needs of the individual children in the group. The teacher in charge should make a preparatory visit to the site before bringing a class. We consider the site to be reasonably safe, provided children are warned of the risks and take notice of the instructions they are given. Listed below are many of the identified risks and the actions that can be taken to reduce these to an acceptable level. Although there is a First Aid Kit in the Stables Block, we recommend that group leaders each carry a small kit with them when they are taking children around the site. It is also sensible for group leaders to exchange mobile phone numbers with each other, with the guide from the Heritage Centre and the teacher in charge of the visit.

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Identified Risk



Children becoming lost during their walk around the site



Ensure there is always an adult at the front and back of the group.

Count children in each group regularly.

Tell children that if they become separated they should stay where they are and wait for an adult to return.



Injuries caused by falling rocks



Children to stay on the main path when viewing the English and Welsh Quarries. They should not attempt to climb any walls etc.



Injuries from falls down steep banks



Children should walk around the site, not going ahead of the adult in charge of the group and should listen to warnings.

Details of any potential steep banks are given on the teachers’ tour guide cards.

Children should not climb on barrier fences.



Children with asthma finding difficulty walking up hills



School staff should ensure that children with medical needs carry medication such as inhalers at all times during the day, taking care not to leave them in the coach.



Scrapes to head when walking under low bridges or in the Hoffmann Kiln



Details of any potential low ceilings are given on the teachers’ tour guide cards.

Children should be warned in advance not to run in these areas.



Children slipping into the Montgomery Canal



Children should only view the canal from the hard standing area in front of the Visitors’ Centre.

They can take turns to look along the canal through the railings. They should not stand on the grass slope at the edge of the canal itself.



Children trapping toes or feet under the wheels of the tramway truck


This truck should only be moved with adult assistance. Children can pull the truck using the rope or restrain it with the rope as it runs back down the slope, but the adult should always take the weight from the opposite side of the truck.



Irritation to skin from contact with lime.



Children should be aware that there are the remains of quicklime inside the Hoffmann Kiln.



Children dropping heavy artefacts on fingers and toes.



These items should be displayed on a table and only examined on the table, not carried about the room.


Risks during the canal boat trip.




If teachers wish groups to take part in the canal boat trip, they should request risk assessment information when booking.



Specific dangers for disabled children




We recommend that staff responsible for children with special needs, make a preparatory visit to the site to draw up individual risk assessments for the children involved.