"Hidden danger" of marking build-up on pitches

Schools are being warned to watch out for the "hidden danger" of slip and trip hazards on sports pitches caused by a build up of marking-out lines.

An end-of-term check at Dame Alice Owen School revealed layer upon layer of line applications on hockey and football pitches.

 The school in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, called in synthetic-turf firm Technical Surfaces to remark pitches.

 "If left unchecked, health and safety can be jeopardised by seemingly innocuous slip and trip hazards causing accidents," said a spokesman for the firm.

 "Alongside standard health-and-safety concerns of carpet rips and flooding lurks a hidden danger that might not immediately present itself.

 "Numerous applications of football and hockey pitch markings over the years had caused a gradual accrual of paint build-up across the surfaces at the school."

 Accidents could lead to facility closures, loss of revenue and personal injury lawsuit, he said.

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