Lihou - Abseiling

Reference
Created
Created By
Date Last Reviewed
Last Reviewed By
Next Review Date
054
23/06/2008
Richard Curtis
31/01/2017
Richard Curtis
31/01/2018
Reference
054
Created
23/06/2008
Created By
Richard Curtis
Date Last Reviewed
31/01/2017
Last Reviewed By
Richard Curtis
Next Review Date
31/01/2018

IMPORTANT: Any rock based activity on Lihou Island is to be supervised directly by a qualified and experienced British Mountaineering Council (BMC) Single Pitch Award (SPA) holder or higher (MIA & MIC) due to the remote nature of the venue

What is the risk
Who Might be Harmed and How
Level of Risk
Control Measures Implemented
Remaining Risk After Controls
Exposure to height and vertical rock faces
All participating and supervising persons
Very High
  • All participants and staff briefed of the hazard and where appropriate, shown the hazard
  • Safe waiting area established away from area of activity but within sight of supervisory staff
  • Participants to approach any edges only when attached to a safety rope or suitable sling
  • Consideration given to progression within the activity i.e. exposure to smaller abseils prior to the main slab above Venus Pool
Low
Slippery surfaces/weather
All participating and supervising persons
High
  • Appropriate footwear worn by all
  • Abseiling not undertaken in rain or excessive winds
  • Abseiling not undertaken immediately after high water when the main slab above Venus Pool is used to allow the landing zone to drain and dry
  • Consideration given to the use of a mat for wiping feet before commencing the abseil
  • Member of staff situated at the foot of the abseil to assist and monitor participants
Medium to Low
Loose rocks
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • Helmets worn during any abseiling session
  • Safe waiting area clear of any danger from falling rocks
  • Activity area inspected regularly for loose rock
  • Proposed abseil site to be abseiled by suitably qualifies staff
Low
Ropes Burns
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • Safety rope employed for all abseiling activities and use to slow participants if require
  • Consideration given to the use of gloves when abseiling with confident and experienced participants
Low
Equipment failure
All participating and supervising persons
High
  • All participants to be inspected for the correct fitting of helmets and harnesses immediately prior to the activity and periodically during the activity
  • Anchor points inspected thoroughly immediately prior to the start of the activity and periodically during the activity
  • Ropes monitored for damage throughout the activity
  • All equipment inspected prior to us for visible signs of damage
  • Rope use monitored and logged – Log available upon request
  • Given the nature of the venue and its exposure to salt laden air, all climbing equipment is replaced every 5 years or before if required
Low
Injury caused by any of the above
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • First aider present during activity and in known location/RV point
  • First aid kit situated in the house
  • Eye wash in the house
  • Defibrillator situated in the house
  • Emergency services trained and familiar with the house and island and familiar with both high and low water evacuation should it be required
Low
What is the risk
Exposure to height and vertical rock faces
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Very High
Control Measures Implemented
  • All participants and staff briefed of the hazard and where appropriate, shown the hazard
  • Safe waiting area established away from area of activity but within sight of supervisory staff
  • Participants to approach any edges only when attached to a safety rope or suitable sling
  • Consideration given to progression within the activity i.e. exposure to smaller abseils prior to the main slab above Venus Pool
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Slippery surfaces/weather
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
High
Control Measures Implemented
  • Appropriate footwear worn by all
  • Abseiling not undertaken in rain or excessive winds
  • Abseiling not undertaken immediately after high water when the main slab above Venus Pool is used to allow the landing zone to drain and dry
  • Consideration given to the use of a mat for wiping feet before commencing the abseil
  • Member of staff situated at the foot of the abseil to assist and monitor participants
Remaining Risk After Controls
Medium to Low
What is the risk
Loose rocks
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • Helmets worn during any abseiling session
  • Safe waiting area clear of any danger from falling rocks
  • Activity area inspected regularly for loose rock
  • Proposed abseil site to be abseiled by suitably qualifies staff
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Ropes Burns
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • Safety rope employed for all abseiling activities and use to slow participants if require
  • Consideration given to the use of gloves when abseiling with confident and experienced participants
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Equipment failure
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
High
Control Measures Implemented
  • All participants to be inspected for the correct fitting of helmets and harnesses immediately prior to the activity and periodically during the activity
  • Anchor points inspected thoroughly immediately prior to the start of the activity and periodically during the activity
  • Ropes monitored for damage throughout the activity
  • All equipment inspected prior to us for visible signs of damage
  • Rope use monitored and logged – Log available upon request
  • Given the nature of the venue and its exposure to salt laden air, all climbing equipment is replaced every 5 years or before if required
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Injury caused by any of the above
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • First aider present during activity and in known location/RV point
  • First aid kit situated in the house
  • Eye wash in the house
  • Defibrillator situated in the house
  • Emergency services trained and familiar with the house and island and familiar with both high and low water evacuation should it be required
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low

The risk assessment is a general risk assessment for Lihou Island. It is not exhaustive and should be used in conjunction with a risk assessment written by the user group, making note of any special needs or issues that are specific to that group.

For further information or to comment, please contact the warden on: email – lct@cwgsy.net or call Mobile – 07781 120421 or Answer phone 266294