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Risk Assessment Water Skiing & Wakeboarding April 2017

Hazards

Probable injury or Reason

Person at risk

Current control measures

Action required

Actioned by/date

Probability x severity = impact

Boat ride out

Falling out of boat

User

Staff

Remain seated at all times

Hold on

 

 

1x5=5

Injury from boat and/or engine when putting water skier in the water/ recovering water skier

Bruising

Cuts

User

Switch off engine when putting water skier in the water/picking up

Use a lookout

Operate in calm seas only

 

 

1x1=1

Bruising and strains

Novice water skier/ wake boarder

Incorrect body positioning

User

Brief participants in correct body positioning and to let go of the rope if uncomfortable

Wear wetsuit, impact vest Helmet on request or instructor’s discretion

 

 

3x3=9

Choking

Falling forward leading to large intake of water

User

Brief participants to keep mouth shut and breathe through nose

 

 

3x2=6

Other boats in the area

Water skier being run over by other boats

User

Position CBW boat between water skier and any other vessels

Operate away from other vessels as far as reasonably possible

 

 

3x3=9

Entanglement

Water skier entangled in rope when being recovered

User

Use a lookout to ensure water skier does not become entangled in rope

Powerboat driver with appropriate training

 

 

2x2=4

Drowning

Head injury

Lack of confidence

Poor swimming ability

User

Staff

First aid training

Safety boat

If secondary drowning suspected access A+E

 

 

2x5=10

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

Slips, trips and falls

Cuts and bruises

User

Staff

Public

Good briefing

Enough helpers to handle lifts and shifts

 

 

2x2=4

 

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 appropriate hydration fluids

 

 

2x3=6