Trinity Men’s Fellowship Eccleshall - Staffordshire

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Assessment of risks and preparations for all TMF walks.


Introduction.

This document is to be used by the walk leaders as guidance for all Trinity Men’s Fellowship (TMF) walks. This is to ensure the safety and welfare of all our membership. It is acknowledged by TMF that no walk can be totally safe. Walkers must be aware of their own responsibility and ability before attempting the walks.


Pre walk assessment.

Journey to car park or pub.

Are the roads open?

Are there any large pot holes?

Are there any large branches on the road?

Are there any diversions?

Are there any road works?

Is the route well sign posted?

Car park.

Are there any obstructions at the entrance of the car park?

Is the car park large enough for all our cars?

Are there any large pot holes?

Are there any large puddles?

Are there any obstructions in the car park?

Is there a mobile signal?

Are there any toilets?

Is the car park pay and display?

Do the car registration numbers have to be registered with the owners?

Are there any obstructions at the exit of the car park?

Can the cars exit with ease?

Is the pub serving coffee/tea?

If the pub is not serving tea/coffee, can we do this ourselves?

Is it a safe place to serve hot drinks?

The walk.

Are the stiles in good repair?

Are the stiles slippery?

Are the stiles high and tricky to cross?

Are they the stiles free from obstructions?

Are the footpaths slippery or muddy?

Are the footpaths very uneven?

Are there any hidden holes on or just off the path?

Are there any obstructions on the paths?

Is the grass long, is it wet?

Are there any wooden bridges on the route if so, are they in good repair?

Are the hills very steep (either going up or going down)?

Is the walk too long?

Is the walk within in the group’s capabilities?

Is there a shortcut back to the car park, should one of the walkers become unwell or someone to return with a car?

Is there a place in the walk to where a car can be driven, to enable any walker who is unable to continue, to be taken to the finish or returned home?

Are the roads which are going to be walked busy?

Are there any large pot holes in the road we walk?

Are there any large branches on the road we walk?

Are there any diversions on the road we walk?

Are there any road works on the road we walk?

Are there any obstructions on the road we walk?

Are there any young animals in the fields which we have to walk through?

Are these animals over friendly?

Find a place about half way around for a drink break.

At drinks break check that there is a mobile signal?

Pre walk advice to walkers to be included on the email.

Advise all about pub car park parking arrangements.

Advise all of the lunch location.

Advise all of the lunch time.

Advise all about any problems with the roads to the pub.

Advise all about any problems with the car park.

Advise the walkers not to wear shorts, if the grass is long and wet.

Advise the walkers not to wear shorts, if the footpaths are over grown.

Advise the walkers to use walking poles if the footpaths are very uneven or slippery.

Advise the walkers if any of the siles, are not up to standard or high.

Advise the walkers if there is problem with mobile signals.

Advise the walkers about any animals on the route, that may be over friendly.

Advise the walkers that a drink break will be made.

Advise the walkers to bring extra drinks, if the walk is longer than usual or the weather is very hot.

Advise the walkers to use gaiters, if the route is very muddy.

Advise the walkers on the length of the walk.

Advise the walkers of the start location.

Advise the walkers if tea/coffee is to be served at the pub or provided by us.

Advise the walkers of the meeting time.

Advise the walkers if there are any toilets available at the start, if the pub is not open, or we are parked away from the pub.


On the day of the walk.

Journey to car park.

Check that the roads are open

Check that there are no road works or diversions?

Before the walk.

Remind the walkers of any problems that are on the walk as briefed in the email.

Count the number of walkers.

Check that there is a first aid kit being carried.

Check that the list of walkers next of kin contacts is being carried.

Check there a first aider on the walk?

Check that the walk leader has map and compass.

Check who is the back marker on the walk and get them to accompany any stragglers.

Check with the back marker that they will inform the walk leader of any stragglers.

On the walk.

Check with walkers, that the pace is not too fast.

Try to keep the group together.

At the point where there is a shorter route back, check to see if anyone would like to return to the cars.

Post walk.

Check that all the walkers have returned.

Walk leaders to review the walk for future reference noting, near misses, incidents, extra hazards etc.


End of year

The walk leaders are to review this document at the end of the year, update and reissue, as required.

Document History


















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Issue

Issue Number

Date of Issue

Reason for Update

Approved

1

06/12/2019

Approved by Committee