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I have a growing log stack and was wondering regards to the safety aspect ! its on private land approx 200m from the nearest footpath shielded by a small wood but has a track leading to it ! there's the usual no trespassing signage a shut gate and have ordered a couple of " do not climb on the wood stack" signs ! is there anything else i should be doing to cover myself i case anyone decides to climb on it and has an accident . 

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8 minutes ago, youngsbury said:

I have a growing log stack and was wondering regards to the safety aspect ! its on private land approx 200m from the nearest footpath shielded by a small wood but has a track leading to it ! there's the usual no trespassing signage a shut gate and have ordered a couple of " do not climb on the wood stack" signs ! is there anything else i should be doing to cover myself i case anyone decides to climb on it and has an accident . 

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If your putting signs on i don,t see what else you can do to be honest

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Deep pits filled with punji sticks surrounding the log pile. That should significantly limit the number of people trying to climb it.

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Do you get many trespassers?

If so, you may need to take more precautions. In the eyes of the law you have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent injury of everyone entering your land, including trespassers. The problem is that what is considered reasonable can change dramatically in hindsight after an accident.

 

It's a judgement call on your end. If you think it likely that someone will ignore the signs and get injured climbing on your stacks, you may need to take more robust measures. For example, if your site is in an area frequently trespassed by kids and one managed to seriously hurt themselves on your stacks, would you feel confident that you could stand in front of a judge and tell them that you took every reasonable precaution?
 

On the other hand, if you live in the middle of nowhere and have never had an issue with people trespassing, then the sign would probably be sufficient.

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thanks Scotty

we don't get many trespassers only the odd walker "who sorry didn't see the signs " and the occasional youth ! the stacks in a small fenced paddock in the corner of the estate which will be pretty inaccessible for walkers and young children ! Obviously teens will get anywhere they please but with a totally fenced barbed paddock with padlocked gate and signage apart from digging a moat       ( good idea ) that would at least stop the goblins with wheel barrows  but that's another story. 

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Over do it with the signs, make sure they're very noticable. If you're really worried make the stack long and low if you have enough space. Could drive some stakes into ground on either end as well to stop them rolling 

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Bloody hell! Do we have to worry about things like this on private land?

 

I have big pile in in a field near a road and this never crossed my mind. Can we honestly be liable if someone trespasses and hurts themselves?

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You could put up a wildlife camera to capture footage of anyone climbing on the stacks or nicking wood. Print an image off and display it warning them not to do it again, you could use it as evidence also in the event of prosecution.

Private land, locked gates, timber stacked neatly, stable, and with signs should be enough.

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