Club Risk Assessment

RISK WHO IS AT RISK LIKELIHOOD OF HARM
VU/U/L/VL
SEVERITY
S/M/E
RISK LEVEL RISK CONTROL
Injury through lifting & moving boats Rowers & helpers Unlikely Medium Medium Ensure safety instruction given when new members first move boats

Ensure enough people for the size & weight of teh boat

Novices can only move boats under supervision

Injuries whilst carrying blades Rowers & helpers Unlikely Medium Medium Carry blades spoon first
Tripping over equipment Rowers & helpers Likely Medium Medium Equipment to be put away if not being used or kept out of the way if stored temporarily
Stumbling/slipping on jetty due to bird droppings or ice Rowers & helpers Likely Medium Medium Jetty to be cleaned of bird droppings before the start of each outing.

Jetty o be cleared of ice if present before the start of teh outing and rock salt put on if required to prevent ice re-forming.

Falling off jetty Rowers & helpers Likely Slight Low Ensure safety instructions given when new members first use jetty to exercise care at all times whilst on the jetty.
Incidents caused by inclement weather conditions Rowers & coaches Likely Medium/Extreme High Weather conditions to be assessed beforehand if inclement weather is forecast or on the day.  Rowing to be called off if weather conditions prevent safe rowing taking place.
Incidents caused by poor visibility (fog) Rowers & coaches Likely Medium Medium All boats must stay in sight of a launch when fog restricts visibility.

Rowing to wait for fog to thin/lift if visibility is particularly poor.

Capsizing Rowers Likely for singles & pairs Medium Medium Capsizing taught by HOAC as part of course

Capsizing to be taught by club coaches if rower is a novice in a single or pair and a non-HOAC course attendee

Thermal blankets to be kept at the rowing site.

All rowers to attest they can swim 50 metres.

Collisions on the water Rowers & coaches Unlikely except in times of very heavy usage of the lake Medium Low Circulation pattern to be agreed in instances of very usage of the lake.
Lightning Rowers & coaches Likely Medium High All rowing activity to cease if thunder is heard and boats to be put away as soon as possible.

Site to be left by all participants as soon as possible.

Hypothermia Rowers & coaches Likely Medium High Thermal blankets to be kept at the rowing site.

Appropriate clothing to be worn in cold weather

Ingestion of lake water Rowers & coaches Unlikely Medium Low Inform rowers of risk and not to ingest lake water.
Swamping/damaging boats with wash Rowers Medium Medium Medium Inform coaches (club & HOAC) of need to reduce speed when near rowing boats.
Launch drivers falling in the lake Coaches Unlikely Medium Medium Only RYA level 2 qualified persons allowed to drive launches as per HOAC rules.

Buoyancy aids to be worn by all persons in launches.

Kill chord to be attached to driver.

Launches equipped with safety devices.

Launch passengers falling in the lake Passengers Unlikely Medium Medium Buoyancy aids to be worn by all persons in launches.
Unaccompanied rowers getting into difficulty Rowers Likely Medium Medium Only experienced rowers allowed to go out on the lake unaccompanied.

Rowing activity restricted to time slots.

Rowers suffering from illness Rowers Likely Medium Medium Ensure enough members trained as first aiders to ensure coverage at all times.
Rowers suffering from over-exertion on the water or land training Rowers Likely Medium Medium Ensure enough members trained as first aiders to ensure coverage at all times.
Participants harm themselves on club equipment Participants Likely Medium Medium Ensure participants do not use equipment until they are fully conversant as to how to use it.
Boats blown off stands or trailer All Likely Medium High All boats o be tied down when stored on stands or the trailer.
Boats damaged during transit on trailer or on top cars. All Likely Medium High Ensure all boats are properly secured before travelling.
Incorrect weight ratios leading to snaking of trailers Tower and other road users Likely Medium Medium Driver of towing vehicle responsible for ensuring the trailer conforms to the law and British Rowing guidelines.