Copenhagen checks stability of 2,000 gravestones

Action follows death of a two-year-old boy caused by falling headstone in Vestre Kirkegård

Copenhagen Municipality is checking the stability of 2,000 gravestones to increase security at the capital’s cemeteries.

In June, a two-year-old boy died in Vestre Kirkegård in the Kongens Enghave district when he was crushed by a large gravestone after it toppled on top of him.

“Due to the tragic accident we have to increase security,” Jon Pape, the service area manager of the technical department at Copenhagen Municipality, told DR.

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Some 285 unstable stones have already been laid down to prevent similar accidents.

The municipality is checking gravestones that are over 60 cm high and located in cemeteries used by the public for recreational activities.

Most of the unstable headstones are privately owned, and it is the owners who will pay for the maintenance service.