Safety & Risk Assessment Statement

It is the duty of Kintbury Fishing Club to familiarise its members, officials and all visiting anglers with the principals of safety and risk assessment. All members, officials and visiting anglers should make themselves aware of the risks they face in the surroundings they find themselves and carry out their own risk assessment which generally amounts to common sense and take the appropriate action to ensure their own safety and that of others. However, it is a requirement that all anglers read, understand and accept this Safety & Risk Assessment Statement.

 

General Risks Associated With Angling

 

Paths

Only use obvious paths along the bank. Always beware of cyclists and walkers. Do not place anything on the path which may cause a trip hazard.

 

Banks

Beware of undercuts in banks especially near deep water.

 

Wading

Take particular care when wading in deep or fast water and on rocky bottoms. Use a wading staff and wading belt at all times.

 

Power Lines

Beware of fishing under power lines and remember electricity can arc over a considerable distance. You are ideally earthed in water to conduct electricity. Remember that graphite is an excellent conductor of electricity.

 

Lightning

Again you are ideally earthed when in water and if using a graphite rod, you have a good lightning conductor. If you are on a boat you and your rod may well be the highest point around and a prime target for a strike.

 

Casting

Always show consideration to other users on a canal/river bank by avoiding contacting anyone with your back-cast. If you are on a boat take extra care if you have other occupants, as you can easily contact them whilst casting. It is recommended that protective glasses are worn when fishing to protect your eyes from hooks and flies.

 

Hooks/Flies

Hooks by their design are sharp and easily penetrate the skin. Their use brings them into contact with germs etc, that can be injurious to health. Caution should be used when handling hooks, tying on or removing hooks. Rusty hooks should be avoided at all times.

 

Weighted

Weighted flies cause unpredictable movement of cast when casting. Extreme caution should be exercised.

 

Flies

When casting weighted flies do ensure they do not come in contact with you, your fellow anglers or the public.

 

Trees

Fishing under trees can be unsafe in windy conditions. beware of falling branches.

 

Animals

Do note that bulls can be troublesome! As can cows with calves. Approach the canal or stream with caution.

 

Weils Disease

This is transmitted in rat’s urine. Never put wet lines in your mouth or any other items of tackle that has been in the water. wear waterproof plaster on any cuts or abrasions. There may also be a risk in some waters from treated sewage effluent.

 

Boats

Beware other boats can approach you from all angles and may be unpredictable in their direction, when “on the motor” you should always give way to those drifting under sail.

 

Falling in the water

Falling in the water may cause drowning. It is recommended that a buoyancy aid is worn at all times when on, in or near water.

 

Weather Conditions

The weather may change suddenly and cause unforeseen dangerous waterconditions. Be constantly aware of changing weather and its consequences.