Hazard

Consequence

Probability

Severity

Precautions

1

Collision on the river

Harmful

Unlikely

Moderate

Crews must follow the rules of navigation.

Crews must follow the Circulation patterns:

Bridge

Temple

Bourne End Marina

Cookham to Marlow

 

All crews must keep a good lookout

Crew being overtaken shouts warning ‘LOOK AHEAD’

Safety Rules for Fog

Boat lights for night rowing

2

Swept onto Marlow weir by strong river flow

Harmful

Unlikely

Moderate

Safety light on Red in extreme conditions

Safety light on Amber in moderate conditions

3

Swept onto Marlow weir by strong winds

Harmful

Unlikely

Moderate

Safety light on Red in extreme conditions

Safety light on Amber in moderate conditions

4

Capsize in summer

Slightly harmful

Unlikely

Tolerable

All club members must be able to swim

Capsize drill to verify swimming and experience capsize

Coxswains must wear life jackets

5

Capsize in winter

Harmful

Unlikely

Moderate

Coaches must stay in sight of all junior crews and scullers

Squad size limited to 20 with maximum of 10 athletes per coach

Launch drivers carry club radios for communication with Duty Safety Officer

Launches carry thermal blankets

Safety light on Amber during cold water temperature conditions

6

Launch engine failure

Harmful

Unlikely

Moderate

Launches to be warmed up for at least 5 minutes before leaving the dock

Launches all carry suitable anchors

Launch drivers checked out to authorise use of launches

Launch drivers must wear life jackets

7

Injury while boat handling

Harmful

Highly Unlikely

Tolerable

Coaches train athletes in boat handling

Avoid carrying boats at shoulder height to avoid head injuries to others

8

Injury while weight training

Harmful

Unlikely

Moderate

Junior weight training must be supervised

9

Injury due to unserviceable equipment

Slightly Harmful

Unlikely

Tolerable

All equipment damage to be reported.

All equipment to be checked before use

10

Hazards while passing through Marlow lock

Harmful

Unlikely

Moderate

Follow the safety guidelines in Safety at Locks.

Stay well clear of the weir stream.

11

Petrol used by launches

Harmful

Unlikely

Moderate

Petrol cans to be stored in an approved fuel storage cabinet.

No smoking area

12

All Hazards

 

 

 

Coaches have ARA Instructors Award qualification

Safety Officer on duty on Saturday and Sunday morning during November to March.

Safety briefing for squads

Incident reporting to identify hazards and lessons to be learnt

First Aid equipment available on launches and in boathouse

Launches supplied with ARA approved list of safety equipment

 

 

 

The precautions listed in this Risk Assessment are described in more detail in the Marlow Rowing Club Safety Plan or ARA Water Safety Code.

 


Severity of Outcome

Probability of accidents

Slightly harmful

Harmful

Extremely harmful

Highly unlikely

TRIVIAL RISK

TOLERABLE RISK

MODERATE RISK

Unlikely

TOLERABLE RISK

MODERATE RISK

SUBSTANTIAL RISK

Likely

MODERATE RISK

SUBSTANTIAL RISK

INTOLERABLE RISK

 

RISK LEVEL

ACTION AND TIMESCALE

TRIVIAL

No action is required

TOLERABLE

No additional controls are required. Consideration may be given to a more effective solution or improvement.

MODERATE

Efforts should be made to reduce the risk. Risk reduction measures should be implemented within a defined time period. Where the moderate risk is associated with harmful / serious consequences further assessment may be necessary to establish more precisely the likelihood of harm as a basis for determining the need for improved control measures.

SUBSTANTIAL

The activity should not be started until the risk has been reduced. Considerable resources may have to be allocated to reduce the risk. Where the risk involves activity already in progress, urgent action should be taken.

INTOLERABLE

Activity should not be started or continued until the risk has been reduced. If it is not possible to reduce risk even with unlimited resources, activity has to remain prohibited.

 

N.B: Tolerable here means that risk has been reduced to the lowest level that is reasonably practicable, i.e. an acceptable risk.