Lihou Island Causeway

Reference
Created
Created By
Date Last Reviewed
Last Reviewed By
Next Review Date
052
01/01/2013
Richard Curtis
31/01/2017
Richard Curtis
31/01/2018
Reference
052
Created
01/01/2013
Created By
Richard Curtis
Date Last Reviewed
31/01/2017
Last Reviewed By
Richard Curtis
Next Review Date
31/01/2018
What is the risk
Who Might be Harmed and How
Level of Risk
Control Measures Implemented
Remaining Risk After Controls
Wet, loose and slippery surfaces on and adjoining the causeway
All visitors and residents including group supervisory staff
Medium
  • Groups must all be informed of the hazard by the leader or supervisor especially when the group contains minors
  • The causeway should only be crossed in daylight hours
  • The carrying of heavy bags and awkward containers is not advised and transportation of these items by vehicle should be considered
Low
Rising tide covering the causeway and the resulting tidal currents
All visitors and residents including group supervisory staff
High
  • No persons shall attempt to cross the causeway when it is partially covered especially not on the rising tide
  • All groups using the house and island should be made aware of the consequences and briefed fully prior to a visit
  • All parties visiting the house will be given a copy of the causeway times
  • Access to and from the island should be done at least 45 minutes prior to the published closure of the causeway to take into account group member tardiness or a variation in causeway times due to barometric pressure changes and their effect on sea levels
  • All persons should be aware of the time of low water and monitor the causeway with this in mind
Low
Vehicle Stranding due to breakdowns or getting stuck
Vehicle operator
High
  • It is not permitted to drive vehicles other than the tractor of the Lihou Charitable trust be driven across the causeway
  • Should a vehicle be used it should be done so by an experienced driver with knowledge of off road driving and techniques
  • A vehicle must only be used under the instruction/supervision and advice of the warden or a person nominated by the warden
  • Vehicles other than the Lihou tractor must cross the causeway before low water so that there is time for recovery should an incident occur
Medium
Injury caused by any of the above
All visitors and residents including group supervisory staff
Medium
  • No person should be crossing the causeway without the knowledge of another member of the party
  • Persons should cross the causeway under the direct observation of another group member from either land side or island side
  • Persons should cross the causeway in groups whenever possible and definitely if there is no spotter from either side
  • All persons should be fully aware of the tide and causeway times but also the affect that high or low pressure has on the tide heights
  • Nobody should attempt to cross the causeway just before it covers – it is recommended to cross at least 20 minutes prior to closure
Low
What is the risk
Wet, loose and slippery surfaces on and adjoining the causeway
Who Might be Harmed and How
All visitors and residents including group supervisory staff
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • Groups must all be informed of the hazard by the leader or supervisor especially when the group contains minors
  • The causeway should only be crossed in daylight hours
  • The carrying of heavy bags and awkward containers is not advised and transportation of these items by vehicle should be considered
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Rising tide covering the causeway and the resulting tidal currents
Who Might be Harmed and How
All visitors and residents including group supervisory staff
Level of Risk
High
Control Measures Implemented
  • No persons shall attempt to cross the causeway when it is partially covered especially not on the rising tide
  • All groups using the house and island should be made aware of the consequences and briefed fully prior to a visit
  • All parties visiting the house will be given a copy of the causeway times
  • Access to and from the island should be done at least 45 minutes prior to the published closure of the causeway to take into account group member tardiness or a variation in causeway times due to barometric pressure changes and their effect on sea levels
  • All persons should be aware of the time of low water and monitor the causeway with this in mind
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Vehicle Stranding due to breakdowns or getting stuck
Who Might be Harmed and How
Vehicle operator
Level of Risk
High
Control Measures Implemented
  • It is not permitted to drive vehicles other than the tractor of the Lihou Charitable trust be driven across the causeway
  • Should a vehicle be used it should be done so by an experienced driver with knowledge of off road driving and techniques
  • A vehicle must only be used under the instruction/supervision and advice of the warden or a person nominated by the warden
  • Vehicles other than the Lihou tractor must cross the causeway before low water so that there is time for recovery should an incident occur
Remaining Risk After Controls
Medium
What is the risk
Injury caused by any of the above
Who Might be Harmed and How
All visitors and residents including group supervisory staff
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • No person should be crossing the causeway without the knowledge of another member of the party
  • Persons should cross the causeway under the direct observation of another group member from either land side or island side
  • Persons should cross the causeway in groups whenever possible and definitely if there is no spotter from either side
  • All persons should be fully aware of the tide and causeway times but also the affect that high or low pressure has on the tide heights
  • Nobody should attempt to cross the causeway just before it covers – it is recommended to cross at least 20 minutes prior to closure
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