TTC Youth Programme Risks
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TimestampRisksHazardsSignificantControls
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20/04/2012 21:39:05Fall walking down the track to TTBayFootpath is marginal, slippery, steep. NoMake sure people have good footwear
Take a first aid kit
Talk to the students about the hazards.
Break students into instructor groups. Keep each group together during the descent to the beach. Brief instructors.
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20/04/2012 21:40:51Object falls and hits a personTTBay is subject to falling objects like rocks, dirt, bushes.
A climber could drop climbing gear
A climber could dislodge rocks onto other people below.
YesStudents are to wear helmets at all times.
Talk to students about the hazard.
Keep other students away from potential rockfall areas e.g. base of a climb.
Talk to students about NOT looking up when someone calls rock or items are falling.
If climber has hold of rock to wait to find a safe place to throw the rock after telling people about it
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20/04/2012 21:45:41Lead climb fall while trad climbingThe climbers slips on a climb
A hold breaks causing the climber to fall
The climb is harder than the skill of the climber
The climber falls and the protection doesn't hold
YesStudents don't get to trad lead climb until they prove they are competent enough in sport climbing
Students don't get to trad lead climb until they have been trained too. They will be top roped while learning to Trad climb.
Instructors lead climb until the student has passed the previous two controls for this risk
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20/04/2012 21:50:47Lead fall while sport climbing outside of a climbing wallThe climbers slips on a climb
A hold breaks causing the climber to fall
The climb is harder than the skill of the climber
YesStudents don't get to sport lead climb until they prove they are competent enough in top rope climbs
Students don't get to sport lead climb until they have been trained too (eg Fergs)
Instructors lead climb until the student has passed the previous two controls for this risk
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20/04/2012 21:54:43Belayer doesn't hold a climberBelayer is not paying attention
Belayer doesn't know how to use a belay ATC or Fig8
Belayer mishears Climbers calls and takes climer off belay before climber is safely attached to anchor
YesNo student is allowed to belay outside until they have passed the Fergs lead climbing course
An instructor watches the student until they are considered competent
Another student watches the student belay
Make sure a first aide kit is available
Have a standard set of calls reviewed and change any simular climbing calls that may cause confusion https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LAuetaUAARhMQphNwtiyibDkUaxp3BjoKxfeMxEpLFI/edit#heading=h.60p11a42pf07https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LAuetaUAARhMQphNwtiyibDkUaxp3BjoKxfeMxEpLFI/edit#heading=h.60p11a42pf07
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20/04/2012 22:03:31Students put in poor belay anchors Student is not familiar enough to create a safe anchor
YesStudent is trained within Fergs lead climbing course to set up belay anchors
Instructors check students anchors
Instructors create belay anchors for those that are not skilled enough to create them
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20/04/2012 22:05:51Students get sun burntBright sunNoGet students to bring suntan lotion
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20/04/2012 22:08:08Reaction to insect bitesNoGet students to take bug repalant
Get students to carry antihistamine
Take wasp poison on the trips
Put ice on bytes
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23/04/2012Student falls after reaching top of climbIt is likely that multiple students will want to do the same climb and, subject to student:instructor ratio, it is likely that most students will unrope at the top and wait for the others. YesSet up a fixed line or sling at the top of a climb. Ensure that students connect to this by making sure an instructor is present there.
Make sure the sudents are wearing daisychains and have been trained on how to use them.
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23/04/2012Student starts climbing unroped, leading to accidentIn an unobserved moment, a student could start climbing unroped ("bouldering"). Other students might try to emulate this.YesIn safety briefing, tell students that they are not to climb unroped. Ensure instructor duties are organised so that students can be monitored at all times by an instructor
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23/04/2012Anchor failsOld or corroded anchors, loose rocksYesAssess potential anchors critically and backup if in doubt. May require more gear to be brought
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23/04/2012medical emergencyasthma attack, diabetic, etc.YesCheck for medical conditions in consent form. Ensure instructors are aware of medical conditions (circulate a student list on the day).
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25/04/2012Student falls while abseilingIncorrect use of the abseil/ATC/fig8
The anchors fails
YesMake sure the abseil anchor has multiple connections to the cliff so that if one fails there is a backup safety connection to the cliff.
Make sure the student is trained to use the ATC and Fig8
Make sure someone is at the bottom of the climb to pull the rope if the student looses control
Make sure the student uses a backup prussic when abseiling.
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26/04/2012Students cant tie into anchorsStudents don't know basic climbing knots or how to use themyesTrain students on the basic knots to use when climbing and when to use them
Monitor students knots
Make sure the students know how to use their daisychains with a locking biner
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26/04/2012dehydration/low blood sugar no water or food source, exercise and heatNoensure students have adequate water and food and drink regularly
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26/04/2012Trapped by tidesome areas are cut off at high tide or more hazardous to get out ofNocheck tide tables and plan access around tide times
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26/04/2012Student freezes on real rockfirst time outside on real rock - potential for students to freeze or forget their trainingNodiscuss with students potential for this, emphasise not pushing past their comfort zone and asking for help being OK , monitor reactions of students
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29/04/2012Harness fails to restrain student fallWrong-sized harness or ill-fitted harnessYesSupply sufficient harnesses in children's sizes. Every student harness and gear checked by instructor before each climbing session (especially after rest breaks)
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29/04/2012Rope/gear failureDamaged club rope.NoCheck ropes taken from TTC gear room. Replace those that are damaged
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29/04/2012Student cannot move to safe area due to dropped gearDropped ATC/num8 - can't abseil. Dropped carabiners - may not be able to clip in to safety lines etc.NoInstructors to carry spare gear and be able to rig alternative gear for their students to be able to move to safe area.
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29/04/2012Student gets very cold/wetDidn't bring sufficient clothing on the day. Clothing brought but not worn.Yes1) Brief students/parents on clothing requirements,
2) Instructors to monitor student comfort levels,
3) Leader to curtail or cancel session if students are becoming cold and do not have sufficient clothing for the day.
4) Leader to organise warm drinks (flask or stove)?
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23/02/2013Student falls while boulderingStudent falls on hard ground, object on ground or another personYesClimbers need spotters while bouldering. Climers should examine the area below a climb for hidden objects before climbing i.e. rocks burried by shallow layer of sand at Baring Head. Use a bouldering mat if avaliable. Avoid climbing above eye level.
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29/04/2013Student falls at the base of the climbStudent slips at the base of the climb due to mud. Either on the ground or prior to getting to the first bolt (if leading)NoBring cardboard or mat to lay over mud so climbers can put on climbing shoes without them getting wet or muddy. Spot the climber until the clip to the first bolt, if leading.
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08/05/2013Student gets hit while standing or walking under a climb (between belayer and cliff)Student is hit by falling climber.
Hit by falling gear
Hit by rocks, branches or other items
Trips or obstructs belayer
YesIf not spotting the climber the area infront of the belayer is not to be entered by other climbers.
Belayer is to make sure students can walk behind belayer.
Belayer is to move anyone on if they are in the wrong area
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