Lihou - Bouldering

Reference
Created
Created By
Date Last Reviewed
Last Reviewed By
Next Review Date
062
23/06/2008
Richard Curtis
31/01/2017
Richard Curtis
31/01/2018
Reference
062
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 or Guernsey 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 on Lihou.

What is the risk
Who Might be Harmed and How
Level of Risk
Control Measures Implemented
Remaining Risk After Controls
Falls
All participating and supervising persons
High
  • ‘Spotters’ used at all times and where appropriate two spotters per climber
  • Inspection of ‘landing zone’ for obvious sharp or protruding rocks
  • Padding applied over protruding rocks where appropriate
  • Helmets worn by all participants and ‘spotters’
  • No jumping down from boulder - only supervised down climbing permitted
  • Climbing out of the top to be supervised and safe decent route established where possible
Medium to Low
Slippery rock
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • Bouldering on the inter-tidal is to be avoided when the area is still wet
  • Bouldering in heavy rain is to be avoided
  • Lichen covered rocks to be avoided after rain
Low
Loose rocks
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • Helmets worn during any climbing session
  • Safe waiting area clear of any danger from falling rocks
  • Activity area inspected regularly for loose rock
Low
Equipment
All participating and supervising persons
High
  • All participants to be inspected for the correct fitting of helmets and activity and periodically during the activity
  • Careful placement/ monitoring of protective padding/mats
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
Falls
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
High
Control Measures Implemented
  • ‘Spotters’ used at all times and where appropriate two spotters per climber
  • Inspection of ‘landing zone’ for obvious sharp or protruding rocks
  • Padding applied over protruding rocks where appropriate
  • Helmets worn by all participants and ‘spotters’
  • No jumping down from boulder - only supervised down climbing permitted
  • Climbing out of the top to be supervised and safe decent route established where possible
Remaining Risk After Controls
Medium to Low
What is the risk
Slippery rock
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • Bouldering on the inter-tidal is to be avoided when the area is still wet
  • Bouldering in heavy rain is to be avoided
  • Lichen covered rocks to be avoided after rain
Remaining Risk After Controls
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 climbing session
  • Safe waiting area clear of any danger from falling rocks
  • Activity area inspected regularly for loose rock
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Equipment
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 activity and periodically during the activity
  • Careful placement/ monitoring of protective padding/mats
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