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my son works in a club and has to lock up alone...

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ssd Tue 24-Nov-15 21:04:03

is this legal?

its a small tennis club, private members only, he works till 11 usually and has to lock the place up alone, is this legal?

PlaymobilPirate Tue 24-Nov-15 21:04:55

as long as he's 18+ I'd think it's fine.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 24-Nov-15 21:05:14

How old is he? Ie if he is 8 probably not...

sleepyhead Tue 24-Nov-15 21:05:53

Do they have a Lone Worker policy? It's not illegal afaik, but good practice to risk assess and then mitigate any risks if possible.

sleepyhead Tue 24-Nov-15 21:06:46

www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/workers/lone.htm - HSE advice.

ssd Tue 24-Nov-15 21:10:01

he's nearly 18

nickelbabe Tue 24-Nov-15 21:11:28

No, he should not lock up alone.
At any age

BrandNewAndImproved Tue 24-Nov-15 21:11:36

I had to lock up a takeaway at 11 at almost 18, didn't even cross my mind whether it was legal or not. Surely if you are old enough to be employed you are supposed to do what other employees do no matter if you aren't 18 yet.

OrangeRhinoInTraining Tue 24-Nov-15 21:13:46

DH has had to lock up alone (mostly) at every place he's worked (catering/bar industry) - never had any incidents other than spooking himself out occasionally and a dodgy lock every now and again! What is it you think might happen?

PennyHasNoSurname Tue 24-Nov-15 21:13:59

As long as he is legally allowed to be a keyholder (id imagine a tennis club the keyholder would have to be over 18, first aid trained etc for insurance purposes).

PennyHasNoSurname Tue 24-Nov-15 21:15:16

And yy to a Lone Workers policy.

I work in a Hotel and even though there is a Night Manager and a couple of Porters on duty through the night, the cleaner down inthe Leisure Club (has to be cleaned after 11pm) carries a walkie talkie so he is able to make contact with someone.

ssd Tue 24-Nov-15 21:27:37

the place is pretty isolated and I worry someone might try to force him to open the safe or the tills to get money

there has been a few break ins lately at the place

ssd Tue 24-Nov-15 21:28:51

its the legal aspect I really want to know

Fairylea Tue 24-Nov-15 21:30:56

My dh works for a high street bookies and is expected to lock up alone at 10pm and work alone all evening from 5pm dealing with £000s in payouts etc. So yes I think it's legal- unfortunately. I worry about my dh every time he works late.

PennyHasNoSurname Tue 24-Nov-15 21:41:53

I suppose one way to look at it would be that he is legally able to have his own home which he would be responsible for locking up and would spend time there alone, so not dissimilar.

My concern would be is he legally allowed to be the only staff member on duty whilst there are customers there (from a H&S standpoint). If he is, fine.

PennyHasNoSurname Tue 24-Nov-15 21:43:09

And if someone tried to rob the place then the safest thing to do is let them take the cash or goods they came for. Then let the police deal with it after that.

ssd Tue 24-Nov-15 22:00:58

thanks all.

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