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Risk Assessment Powerboating March 2021

Hazards

Probable injury or Reason

Person at risk

Current control measures

Action required

Actioned by/date

Probability x severity = impact

Covid 19

Infection spread, risk of illness / death

Student/s

Staff

Public

CBW Covid 19 policy on Social distancing.

Own kill cord. Hygiene clean between users.

Use face covering.

Review if changes to Welsh Government Policy

 

 

1x5=5

Powerboat continuing to run following man over board

Death or serious injury

Student/s

Staff

Public

Driver use kill cord at all times and instructor kill cord if student u16.

Student accompanied by qualified instructor.

Operate to minimize risk of M.O.B.

 

 

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.

Vigilant for people in the water.

 

 

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 gauge or check with paddle

Disembark seaward 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/ Coastguard.

Do not attempt to swim

 

 

3x1=3

 

Capsize

Death/serious injury

Staff

Students

Customers

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

Lifejacket worn at all times

 

 

1x5=5

Falls or impact injuries

Falling while moving around cockpit.

Instructor

Students

Customers

Stay seated when possible

Hold on when under way

Driver calls out changes in speed / direction.

 

 

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 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 skin protection, hydration, 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 supervised.

 

 

2x2=4