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General Restoration Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment            Document Ref: RA-008 General Restoration Risk Assessment
Rev 1       Date. 1st March 2012

WORKPLACE/TASK BASED RISK ASSESSMENT FOR GENERAL RESTORATION WORK

LOCATION:       ANY CANAL/RIVERSIDE LOCATION

NOTES

1. This Risk Assessment is for general Canal Restoration Work on a KESCRG or WRG controlled site for the purposes of canal restoration. This Risk Assessment is for general restoration work, there are specific risk assessments for some items of plant and machinery.

2. This Risk Assessment should be included in the documentation taken to site and retained by the site leader.

3. There must be a review of this Risk Assessment following any site feedback or every 2 years, whichever comes first. Revision and date are shown in the footer.

MANDATORY PPE

1. Normal Site PPE, Safety Boots, fastened High-Viz Jacket, Safety Helmet

2. Goggles or similar eye protection where the task requires it

3. Gloves.

4. “Overall” type long trousers.

5. Ear Protection (ear muffs or ear plugs for short term use) when using noisy machinery

Risk Scoring Matrix

Likelihood

Meaning

Severity

Meaning

1

Possible

1

Minor cut or bruise/injury

2

More than possible

2

Cut/Injury, needs First Aid

3

Fair chance

3

Injury needing First Aid

4

Likely

4

Broken Limb/ Serious injury

5

Certain

5

Severe injury/Death

Risk Assessment:   HAZARDS RELATING TO THE CANAL ENVIRONMENT ITSELF

 

Ref no

 

 

 

HAZARD

 

LIK

 

SEV

 

RAT

 

EXISTING CONTROL MEASURES

 

ADDITIONAL CONTROL MEASURES REQUIRED

 

LIK

 

SEV

 

RAT

1.

Risk of Drowning in un-restored canal

3

5

15

1. Covered in site briefing.

2. Work is usually away from wet areas.

3. No lone working near water.

1. None

2. None

3. None

Note: Un-restored canals tend to be either dry or only very shallow, below boot depth.

1

3

3

2.

Risk of drowning in restored canal/river.

5

5

25

1. Work on/about the water’s edge will require a life jacket to be worn.

2. All boat operators will be competent.

3. Working on/about the waters edge will require site briefing before work starts.

4. Lifebuoy/throwing lines will be available adjacent to the work site.

1. None

2. Covered by local group risk assessment.

3. Site Leader to brief.

4. Site leader to check.

 

Note. We do not work in “live” canals very often, mainly work on derelict canals.

2

3

6

3.

 

Slips, trips and falls from uneven or wet ground

4

3

12

1. Minimum PPE requires safety boots, i.e. ankle support and grip.

2. Site should have a safe walking route. Local group will advise Site Leader.

1. None

2. Site leader to brief before starting on site.

1

3

3

4.

Hypothermia from working outside in cold and windy conditions.

2

4

8

1. Covered in Site Leader training.

2. No lone working, so safety in numbers.

3. Gloves and hard hats are PPE requirements.  Need for personal waterproofs covered in site briefing.

4. The work itself generates warmth; tea breaks in winter are shorter to ensure people do not get cold. .

1. None

2. None.

3. None.

4. None

1

3

3

5

Heatstroke and sunburn from working in hot weather.

4

2

8

1. Site kit always includes drinking water.

2. Site kit includes sun protection cream.

3. Site normally has a covered dining area to give shade.

1. None

2. None

3. None

1

2

2

6.

Leptospirosis from contact with dirty water

2

5

10

1. Leptospirosis covered in site briefing.

2. Plasters (to cover open cuts) provided in First Aid Kit.

3. Leptospirosis only fatal if left untreated, symptoms well briefed to all site personnel and on WRG/KESCRG websites.

1. None

2. None.

3. None.

 

Note.  Gloves are also provided as part of PPE.

1

5

5

7.

Danger to members of the public in or near the work site

3

5

15

1. Worksite demarked with “Danger” notices.

2. Public escorted through site if tree work is ongoing.

3. At end of working day, site made safe by site leader, fencing refitted to keep public out.

4. Ground openings covered over or barriered off.  

1. None

2. None.

3. None.

4. None

1

3

3

8.

Dangers from Overhead Live Cables, Buried Services, potential for death and costs from Utility Providers

3

5

15

1. Local Group will have specific knowledge of the area; the work content will be agreed with them before site work is planned.

2. Overhead and buried services covered by machinery training.

1. None

2. None, covered by training.

 

Note. Residual severity stays at 5, always the possibility of unknown services.

1

5

5

CONTROL MEASURES - GENERAL CANAL ENVIRONMENT

 

Ref no

 

 

ADDITIONAL CONTROL MEASURE  REQUIRED

 

BY WHOM

 

BY WHEN

STATUS

(COMPLETED YES/NO)

1.

1 – 3 None

 

 

 

2

1 & 3 None. 2-local group should provide a risk assessment for boat work.

4. Site leader to check before work starts.

2. Site leader

 

4. Site leader

Before work plan is agreed

 

 

3

1 None, 2 Site leader to brief walking route before site work starts

2. Site leader

Pre-start on site

 

4

1 – 4. None

 

 

 

5

1 -3. None

 

 

 

6

1 – 3. None1 2 3

 

 

 

7

1 – 4. None

 

 

 

8

1 – 2. None