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Tirfor Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment        Document Ref: RA-006 Tirfor Winch Risk Assessment
Rev 1       Date .  1st March 2012

WORKPLACE/TASK BASED RISK ASSESSMENT FOR USING TIRFOR (OR SIMILAR) WINCH

LOCATION:       ANY CANAL/RIVERSIDE LOCATION

NOTES 

1. This Risk Assessment is specifically for the use of a Tirfor Winch on a KESCRG or WRG controlled site for the purposes of canal restoration.

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 header.

4. Tirfor winches are used for pulling tree roots out and other hauling, moving and lifting jobs where controlled tension is required. The Tirfor SWL should always be checked against the load to be moved, to avoid overloading the Tirfor.

MANDATORY PPE

1. Hard Hat, Safety Boots and fastened High Viz Jacket (as with any site work)

2. Gloves

3. Clothing to suit the task, i.e. to cover legs and arms.

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

HAZARDS FROM TIRFOR WINCHS

 

Ref no

 

 

 

HAZARD

 

LIK

 

SEV

 

RAT

 

EXISTING CONTROL MEASURES

 

ADDITIONAL CONTROL MEASURES REQUIRED

 

LIK

 

SEV

 

RAT

1.

Manual handling of winch and cables, potential muscular-skeletal strains

4

3

12

1. Cables are individually coiled on their own reel.

2. Trailer kit includes a wheelbarrow to transport Tirfor to worksite.

1. None

2. None

2

2

4

2.

Muscular-skeletal strains through operating the Tirfor handle.

5

3

15

1. Site leader to ensure the Tirfor team are tall enough and fit enough to operate the handle.

2. Site leader to ensure rest breaks are taken.

1. Site leader to select team before work starts.

2. Site leader to ensure breaks are taken, but it is the way we work!

Note. Tirfor handle is long for leverage. Short persons will have difficulty.

2

2

4

3.

Catastrophic failure of winch, cable or webbing straps, leading to serious injury

3

4

12

1. Tirfor has shear pins to prevent overload.

2. All lifting equipment undergoes yearly statutory exam.

3. SWI includes a pre-use check of all the equipment.

1. None

2. None

3. None

1

4

4

4.

Serious cuts and bruises from using mattock/pick around tree stump. Accidental contact with Tirfor rope/chains

3

3

9

1. SWI covers standing in a safe position when using mattock/pick.

2. PPE to reduce risk of injury.

1. None

2. None

1

2

2

5

Cuts and trapped digits in the Tirfor winch mechanism.

3

2

6

1. PPE includes gloves.

2. Tirfor team is at least 2 people, one to hold, one to operate the gear selector.

1. None

2. None

1

2

2

6.

Muscular-skeletal injury from manhandling tree stumps.

3

4

12

1. Help always available, no lone working on site.

2. Usual practice is to build bonfires near/at the Tirfor location.

1. None

2. None

1

4

4

7

Muscular-skeletal injury and blisters from using pick, mattock, spade

3

3

9

1. PPE includes gloves to avoid blisters and reduce impact on arms/wrists.

2. We stop when we are tired!

1. None

2. None

1

3

3

8.

Slips, trips and falls on/around canal bed.

3

3

9

1. PPE includes safety boots.

2. Walking route to work site is usually available.

1. None

2. None

1

3

3

CONTROL MEASURES. HAZARDS FROM TIRFOR WINCHS

 

Ref no

 

 

ADDITIONAL CONTROL MEASURE  REQUIRED

 

BY WHOM

 

BY WHEN

STATUS

(COMPLETED YES/NO)

1.

1 & 2 None

 

 

 

2

1 & 2 Site leader selects Tirfor team and ensures breaks are taken.

Site Leader

Pre-start and during work

 

3

1, 2 & 3 None

 

 

 

4

1 & 2 None.

 

 

 

5

1 & 2 None

 

 

 

6

1 & 2 None

 

 

 

7

1 & 2 None

 

 

 

8

1 & 2 None.