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Risk Assessment Kayak Expedition April 2017

Hazards

Probable injury or Reason

Person at risk

Current control measures

Action required

Actioned by/date

Probability x severity = impact

Slips, trips and falls

Chains, ropes, cuts and bruises, broken bones

User

Staff

 

Ensure appropriate footwear

Students under staff supervision

 

 

2x2=4

Dragging, carrying

Improper technique

Lack of instruction

Back muscle injury

Damage to feet

User

Staff

 

Staff are briefed on heavy lifting

 

 

 

3x1=3

 

Collisions

Boats

Each other

Rocks

Equipment

User

Staff

Public

Ensure good group management

 

 

3x1=3

Separation from equipment/instructor/ group

Change in weather

Hypothermia

Exhaustion

Panic

User

 

Safety boat on water

Good group control by guide

Pace to be dictated by slowest kayaker

 

 

2x3=6

Illness/injury

Lack of assessment

User

 

Medical forms

Disclaimer forms

 

 

2x4=8

Change in weather/sea state

Blown out to sea

Blown onto rocks

User

Staff

Dynamic risk assessment

 

 

 

2x3=6

Drowning

Head injury

Unconsciousness

User

Staff

First aid training

 

 

1x4=4

 

 

Exhaustion

 

 

 

 

 

2x3=6

Becoming trapped on lee shore

Cuts, bruises, broken bones

User

Guide to ensure that kayaks do not go into shore when wind/waves

 

 

2x2=4

Loss of communication with base

Injuries/difficulties that require additional staff backup

User

Staff

Base to be aware of route and ETA

VHF comms via Milford if required

Mobile phone in dry bag

Flares carried in safety boat

 

 

1x5=5

Fog

Loss of group

Collision with shore/other vessels

User

Staff

Boat users

Kayak trips not to run when fog forecast

If unexpected fog descends, anchor powerboat, collect all kayakers onto safety boat and liaise with base

 

 

1x5=5

 

 

Capsize

Cold

User

Wear wetsuit

Briefing on re-righting regaining seat after capsize

 

 

3x2=6

Swell, wind, waves

More effort required from paddler possibly leading to exhaustion and capsize

User

Check weather forecast for suitable conditions

Visual recce beyond harbour wall

 

 

3x1=3

Tiredness

Poor paddling skills

User

Practice paddle inshore

Advise on effective paddling

 

 

3x1=3

Dispersal of group

Loss of group contact

User

Briefing – stay together

 

 

3x1=3

Overheating

 

User

Participants advised on suitable clothing/layering

Carry water bottles on safety boat

 

3x2=6