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Risk Assessment Powerboating April 2017

Hazards

Probable injury or Reason

Person at risk

Current control measures

Action required

Actioned by/date

Probability x severity = impact

Powerboat continuing to run following man over board

Death or serious injury

Staff

Students

Customers

Public

Wear kill cord at all times and instructor kill cord where fitted

Student accompanied by qualified instructor

Sensible driving at all times to ensure low risk of M.O.B

Wear PPE

 

 

1x5=5

Collisions and people in the water

Death or serious injury to people and property

Staff

Students

Customers

Public

Swimmers

Powerboat driven in accordance with local speed limit and CBWS standards

Vigilant for people in the water

Staff aware of IRPCS

 

 

1x5=5

Running ashore

Damage to property

Potential damage /injury to driver

Staff Students

Customers

Public

Slow speed only in shallow water

Engine in shallow drive

Depth check with paddle

Disembark seaside so not trapped by powerboat onto beach

 

 

3x1=3

Engine failure resulting in drift to hazards

Damage to boat and potentially driver

Staff

Students

Customers

Public

In case of engine failure deploy anchor

Communication with base/2nd safety boat

Do not attempt to leave boat and swim home

 

 

3x1=3

Capsize

Death/serious injury

Staff

Students

Customers

Powerboat under supervision of qualified instructor

Powerboat operated in suitable weather

Powerboat not overloaded and weight distributed evenly

PPE worn

 

 

1x5=5

Fire

Serious injury

Staff

Students

Customers

Fire extinguishers in safety pack

Radios carried to request assistance

No smoking at any time

 

 

1x5=5

Sinking/swamping

Hypothermia

Drowning

Staff

Students

Passengers

Bungs to be fitted at all times

Powerboat only to be operated in breaking waves at staff’s discretion

PPE worn at all times

 

 

1x5=5

Falls or impact injuries

Falling while moving around cockpit

Impact following

Staff

Students

Customers

Stay seated when possible

Hold on when under way

Briefing

 

 

2x3=6

Man over board

Falling overboard at speed/if assisting a dinghy/kayak

Injury to person already on water

Staff

User in water

All drivers must always adhere to safe driving practice whilst underway

Engines switched off whilst alongside assisting students/customers

 

 

1x5=5

Sea state and fog

Lost at sea

Capsize

Staff

Students

Watching brief on forecast

 

 

1x5=5

Illness

Any pre-existing illness or injury that could cause problems

User

 

Pre-session forms

Safety boat teams to be informed of any issues

Users to be advised to take on activity any medication that may be needed during the session e.g. asthma inhaler

 

 

1x5=5

Climatic reaction

Sunburn

Heat stroke

Hypothermia

Hyperthermia

Dehydration

User

Staff

Briefing participants /staff on the need for skin protection, appropriate hydration, and reducing exposure

Safety boat to carry spare warm clothing and water

 

 

2x3=6

Slips, trips and falls

Cuts and bruises

Chains, ropes, steps, slipways, stones, seaweed

User

Staff

Public

Good briefing

Enough helpers to handle lifts and shifts

Suitable footwear

Students under staff supervision

 

 

2x2=4