RISK ASSESSMENT - Monmouth Rowing Club  - Normal Club Rowing
Risk Assessment for normal routine training outings by MRC club members   Updated:  Jan 2016
Exposed Persons:  varies, up to 30?   Location:   River Wye, Monmouth Rowing Club       (51.813132, -2.708317) Duration of Exposure 1-2 hours, periodic    
Hazard Consequence Risk Without Mitigation Controls  
Likelihood Severity Risk Likelihood Severity Risk
Water Conditions, Weather Exposure, Many boats affected, potential for casualties to exceed safety launch capabilities 3 4 12(M) Experienced Panel have developed this risk assessment and "Rules for Boating" which are reviewed periodically.  As far as possible actual measurabel indicators (Water level, visibility etc) are used to categorise the risk with an overall message of "If in Doubt, DonŐt go Out" 3 2 6(L)
Inexperienced Crews / Steersperson Additional Risk due to lack of appreciation of Hazards or expereince to deal with them 3 4 12(M) Degree of competence of the crew, and especially the cox or steersperson must have a SIGNIFICANT earing on the decision to go out.  If the Cox / steerperson is concerned about the conditions then DO NOT GO OUT.  Crew cannot pressure an inexperienced cox to go out when not happy with the situation. 3 2 6(L)
Unknown Casualty Rescue not effected 4 5 20(H) Signing Out to ensure other users KNOW you are still out on the water.    (Note - This procedure still needs developing.  It must stay responsibility of the person on the water to ensure adequate cover) 3 2 6(L)
Cold Water Exposure, reduced ability to function. 3 4 12(M) Remember general guidelines of 4 degrees (although this is arbitrary!).  Realise that cold water sigificantly reduces ability to respond, and cold water can cause shock and hypothermia can establish in quick time, relted to reducing temperature.  Therefore, if water temperature is low (Measurement?) then all other criteria must be weighed accordingly. 3 2 6(L)
RED - If water Temp is below 2.5 degrees NO ROWING 3 2 6(L)
Debris   Damage to Boats, possibly capsize 3 4 12(M) Visual check on water before, and during, outing.  Any debris must be taken seriously (like icebergs, they can be much bigger than they look!).  Consider recent history of water level (rising levels after long periods low often give rise to a flood of debris, falling conditions expect less debris). 3 2 6(L)
Water Level   Increased Stream, reduced time to respond 3 4 12(M) Three Water levels indicated by painted steps:                                                                            RED  (above 3.5m) - DO NOT GO OUT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES                                                                                                  AMBER (above 2.0m) - Only experienced crews (4's or 8) or smaller boats with launch cover and if all other criteris (bedris?) are OK.                                                                     GREEN - No specific restrictions, but consdier all other criteria. 3 2 6(L)
Rowing above the Cottages Additional Hazrads - Fast stream at Main Bend and submerged Hazards 3 4 12(M) Never go above the cottages unless the water level is above the wide concrete step.  Even so, assess all conditions and MAKE SURE you are signed out and that others KNOW you are going out. 3 2 6(L)
Submerged Hazards Damage to Boats, possibly capsize 3 4 12(M) Learn the water, brief younger crews, main hazards (submerged rocks) have been identified and marked or removed. 3 2 6(L)
Launch Wash Shipping water, remote risk of capsize 3 4 12(M) Launches respect other rowers, slow down when possible, or at least move to opposite side of the water to reduce the size and impact of wash.  Keep an eye on boats as they get through your wash to make sure they are OK. 3 2 6(L)
Emergency Response   Delayed Action 3 4 12(M) Area by main entrance is reserved for Ambulance, should it be called.  Club possesses a defibrilator and 7No club members have attended training on its use.  Mulltiple mobile phone (good signal) and land lines to call 999. 3 2 6(L)
Capsize Immersion, Exposure 3 4 12(M) All clubs members expected to attend club-run capsize drills.  All single scullers, unless under lauch supervision by experinced club member, MUST complete capsize drill, no exceptions.                                                                                          River is approx 50metres wide with vegetated bank, so typical maximum swim distance is 25m. 3 2 6(L)
New Members   Drowning, capsize, exposure, collision 3 4 12(M) All new (and annual update for existing) members requried to confirm that they can a) swim in light clothing for 50m unaided b) will undertake a capsize drill prior to single sculling.  New membership vetted by seniour members.  Novice enter via the "Learn to Row" 6-session porgramme, experienced rowers may join directly. 3 2 6(L)
Boating Circulation   Boats travelling in both directions 3 4 12(M) Make sure ALL BOATS understand and abide by the circualation rules, which are "Stay to the the coxes left (Stroke side blades to the bank)".  Take extra precaution if/when rowing side by side and look out for others. 3 2 6(L)
Turning above Bridge   Risk of Stream pinning boat to Bridge Abutment 3 4 12(M) All crews must be mindful of turning above the bridge.  Start turning early (use one side to take the run-off and start the turn whilst boat still has speed.  Place the bows in towards the bank to allow stream to assist the turn.  NEVER turn with Bows in to the main stream).  Start turn in good time, eg opposite "Regatta Stone", or further up[stream if water level (and therefore rate of stream) are higher. 3 2 6(L)
Launch Driver Competence Inadequate response 3 4 12M) Majority of lauch drivers have formal training and all are time served experienced senior rowers with years of launch driving.  All launches have 2 personnel.  Succession planning, as above, to ensure spread of experience.  Ongoing courses to get more people qualified to RYA Powerboat levels. 3 2 6(L)
Visibility   Visibility, ability to see other boats or landmarks 3 4 12M) If visibility is below 500m (Steps to Pumping Station) - Experienced Boats Only.      If less than 300m (Steps to Wye Bridge) - No Rowing.                                                             Recognise that Fog other settles in the morning and burns off, so wait until it has lifted above 500m (steps to Pump-station) before boating.                                                     3 2 6(L)
Equipment Inadequate Safety Gear 2 4 8(M) All launches are checked against a written checklist of mandatory equipment and fuelled up days ahead of the event.  We have 7 launches allocated as well as bank marshalls.  All Launches are used regularly and serviced. 2 2 4(L)
Waterbourne Disease Exposure to various possible diseases 2 4 8(M) Situation with normal stream means risk of exposure to waterbourne diseases (eg Weils Disease or Sewage) is realtively low.  Be aware of the possibilities, do not drink river water and use normal hygiene procedures after each outing. 2 2 4(L)
Drowning   Death         2 4 8(M) In addition to throw lines on each launch there are a number of (Council Provided) standing Bouyancy Aids along the river.  Launch Drivers and assistants all wear 150 Newton Class / EN 396 / EN ISO 12402-3 Bouyancy Aids which are annually checked by an RYA Yachmaster. 3 2 6(L)
          Risk   Likelihood        
Likelihood Rank Score Severity Rank Score Severity 1 2 3 4 5
Common Occurrence V High 5 Death or serious injury High 5 5 5(L) 10 (M) 15 (H) 20 (H) 25 (H)
Frequent Occurrence High 4 Substantial injuries /Impact High 4   4 4 (L) 8 (M) 12 (M) 16 (H) 20 (H)
Occasional Occurrence Medium 3 Major Injury / Impact Medium 3   3 3 (L) 6 (L) 9 (M) 12 (M) 15 (H)
Possible Occurrence Low 2 Minor Injuries / Impact Low 2   2 2 (L) 4 (L) 6 (L) 8 (M) 10 (M)
Improbable Occurrence V Low 1 Trivial Injuries / Impact Low 1 1 1 (L) 2 (L) 3 (L) 4 (L) 5 (L)
Assessor:    Eric Froggatt Statement of Residual Risk:
  When the detailed control measures have been correctly put in place the residual risk should be reduced to an acceptable level.
Position:      Acting Safety Officer                    Date Jan 2016