This is a generic risk assessment for all lakes under the control of Kevin Nash Group.
Whilst not exhaustive, this risk assessment covers in detail the risks associated with fishing within the boundaries of the Kevin Nash Group Lakes for Royston and Horseshoe Farm.
It is the duty of Kevin Nash Group Ltd to familiarize its members, officials and all visiting anglers with the principals of safety and this 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 and controls to ensure their own safety and that of others.
However, it is a requirement that all anglers read, understand and accept this Health & Safety Risk
Can be deceptive in depth. Church lake has depths averaging 6 feet but with some deeper areas.
The lakes on the Royston complex are very deep up to 15 feet so take extra precautions when fishing. There are warning signs around the complex warning of the dangers of swimming and diving ensure all members adhere to this.
Take particular care when banks are wet and slippery. Take extra care when walking to and from the banks paying attention to holes and trip hazards, Foliage that is overgrown or in bloom.
Falling in the water may cause drowning. When fishing from the banks and designated swims take time to familiarize yourself with your immediate surroundings paying attention to the edges so avoiding trips and overstepping.
Beware of walking under power lines and remember that electricity can travel over considerable distances. Anglers should take care to avoid power lines when carrying equipment, such as fishing poles, from the car park to their chosen fishing spot. Fishing rods and poles made from metal, carbon fibre or similar materials are all good conductors of electricity. Always carry long objects, like fishing poles, horizontally and parallel with the ground.
Be aware of your surroundings and look out for warning signs.
The weather may change suddenly and cause unforeseen dangerous conditions. Be constantly aware of changing weather and its consequences. Pay particular attention to lightning as rods and poles can act as very good electrical conductors.
In sunny conditions it is recommended that you wear a hat and sunglasses, keep your skin always covered. Use a high factor sunscreen/lotion and apply regularly.
Ensure that suitable clothing is worn at all times, take plenty of hot drinks and food. Do not enter the water at any time, Check the weather forecast.
Fishing under trees can be unsafe especially in windy conditions. Beware of falling branches. Do not climb trees or attempt to cut/remove branches.
Rats, Swans, Wasps, Bees, Rabbits, Foxes may be encountered. It is best not to approach any animals and avoid at all costs, if you do come into contact with any animal do not panic back away and seek alternative route.
To avoid contact with insects use and apply appropriate insect lotions, anaphylactic shock is a real risk if you are known to suffer from anaphylactic shock, please ensure you are suitably prepared and let the bailiff team know.
Caution: Royston complex is also home to Bees. Bee Hives are located at the back of the woods.
Please lookout for warning signs.
Bee stings are usually not dangerous unless a person is allergic to the venom. In normal circumstances bees will tolerate someone walking or working within a few metres of a hive without any problem. If you suffer from a stinging insect allergy, you should take extra precautions to avoid being stung and get medical attention immediately.
Unfortunately, most people are not aware they are allergic to insect stings or bites until after experiencing a reaction. Seek medical attention if adverse health effects arise such as severe chest pain, nausea, severe sweating, swelling in the throat or tongue, difficulty breathing and dizziness
Weill’s disease is transmitted in Rat and Cow urine. Never put wet line or equipment in your mouth.
Wash your hands or use antiseptic wipes before eating or drinking. Use waterproof plasters on cuts or abrasions. Undesirable bacteria may be present in animal droppings and the lake water. Keep all food items including cutlery and cooking equipment covered and bags or containers.
Hazards at night are increased. Set your bivvy up in daylight hours so as to be aware of your surroundings. Carry a torch and headlamp. Keep walking around in the dark to a minimum. Do not run along banks. Do not leave rods unattended. Let family & friends know where you are fishing and for how long. Carry a mobile phone.
Do not at any point act irresponsibly or engage in horse play.
Do not exceed the 5mph speed limit when using the roads and only park in designated are as. Give way to all pedestrians.
Pay attention when using the roadways or paths these can be subject to slippery conditions when wet and have potholes appear that may have not been there previously.
Avoid excessive use of alcohol, do not use recreational-drugs. Take a small first aid kit with you. Pay attention to sharp objects hooks, knives, bivvy pegs, bank sticks. Fish to your abilities and take care when casting and do not take unnecessary risks.
Always let someone know you are heading out giving them your location expected time home, ensure you have a fully charged mobile telephone. Be prepared for your trip considering the outlined items above.
Whilst Kevin Nash Group Limited takes the health & safety of its members seriously it is all our responsibility to act responsible whilst fishing on Kevin Nash Group Lakes.
If you see anything that gives you cause for concern please report this to a bailiff or to the management via emergency number/s displayed on SITE NOTICEBOARD
Date of assessment: 17th July 2023
Review due: 17th July 2024
KNG H&S Management