Safety checks are to be carried out at old cemeteries in south west Scotland for dangerous headstones.
Graveyards across the region are set to be inspected
The work starts next week at sites in the Annandale and Eskdale area of Dumfries and Galloway.
The inspections were recommended by health and safety experts in light of increasing interest by people carrying out family history research.
There have been a number of instances of people being injured by headstones and - in the worst cases - even killed.
Two children were killed in separate accidents involving falling headstones in England.
There have been many more minor injuries.
THE FIRST CEMETERY SITES SET FOR SAFETY CHECKS
Hutton & Corrie
The Health and Safety Executive ordered local councils to inspect old graveyards in their area.
In Dumfries and Galloway, 17 locations in the east of the region will be surveyed in a four-week programme of work starting on Monday.
A specialist contractor has been engaged to check for stability through a visual inspection and using a machine that exerts force on the top of the headstone.
A council spokesperson said it is up to individual families to maintain headstones.
However, this first phase of work involves closed cemeteries going back to the 19th Century - and earlier - for which ownership records are not available.
Memorials deemed a significant risk will be made safe.
In some cases that could involve them being laid flat on the ground.