General: All members are reminded that whilst they are on RCAS property, they should ensure that they act in a manner which ensures the safety of themselves, other members and the general public. They shouldn’t engage in any activity which is contrary to club rules, or which could harm themselves or others.
Work parties: Members are provided with hand operated tools suitable to carry out the work which they have been assigned – members can bring their own tools, but only basic ones such as saws and loppers, no power tools of any kind are to be used. Some of our members are trained in job skills which are of use to the club – such as electricians, builders and plumbers – and these members are allowed to use suitable machinery if they are carrying out a job which requires it. During working parties, members should work in groups of at least two people, so in the event of an accident there is somebody to raise the alarm. The club keeps a First Aid kit on site which includes basic supplies for dealing with minor wounds/accidents, but for anything more serious, medical attention should be sought. A register is kept when members arrive and leave, so we know exactly who is on site for each work party. If any member has a medical condition which limits what they are able to do on a work party, they should inform the committee and tell them what they are capable of doing. There is the option for Members with medical conditions not to attend work parties at all in this scenario, but some still like to come along and help anyway. Risk Assessments have been done on tasks that are repeated year on year, but any new tasks will be newly assessed at the time.
Tree work: Trees are maintained in a way to ensure that they are as safe as possible for both members and the general public. All work with chainsaws is carried out by trained club committee members, who have been on the relevant chainsaw certificated courses and are provided with all the necessary protective equipment. They have also received training to ensure that anybody on the ground remains a safe distance away. Where necessary, a suitable sized area will be cordoned off whilst work is taking place. All equipment is regularly checked and serviced. Any major tree work that is required along the public footpath between the two Pynesfield lakes will be carried out by Affinity’s contractor, Maydencroft Ltd.
Operating machinery: Sometimes machinery is needed to carry out work, and usually that will be either our tractor or a mini digger. The committee members who use these machines are experienced at doing so, and members and the general public are warned to keep a safe distance whilst work is ongoing. Occasionally larger machinery is needed and this is rented from our other landlord, Clancy Docwra, and comes along with a driver who is licensed and trained to operate it. Where necessary, a suitable sized area will be cordoned off whilst work is taking place.
Lifting: When moving any heavy or cumbersome object – such as railway sleepers – a sufficient number of people should be used to lift the object and minimise the chances of injury to themselves or others around them.
Boats: Boats and engines are kept locked up and can only be used with the permission of a committee member or bailiff. Mainly they are used during work parties. The boats are of a suitable size to allow two people on board, and are the most stable type available for their size. When a boat is being used there must always be one person on the bank keeping an eye on it. Life jackets must be warn at all times, and waders should not be worn whilst in a boat.
Electricity and cables: All electrical equipment used on site is regularly checked
and anything faulty is either repaired or replaced. Any cables being used -
Driving on site: There is a road part way around the fishery, along with several car parks. Members are warned to drive slowly and carefully.
Swim maintenance: All of the swims on the lake are maintained to make them as safe as possible. Where scaffold poles have been used to secure sleepers in place at the front of the swim, the ends are trimmed off flush so they aren’t a hazard if someone fell on one. Other trip hazards are eliminated as much as is practical. Fluctuating water levels are common, and at times of low water levels some swims can have quite a big drop down to the water level – where it is no longer safe to fish these swims due to low water levels, we will temporarily closed.
Footpaths: The main footpath which runs between the two Pynesfield Lakes is owned by the local council and it is responsible for maintaining it – with Maydencroft Ltd handling any tree work. Around some parts of the lake are basic footpaths which are maintained as such, but members should be careful of trip hazards such as tree roots and brambles.
Disabled access: We try to be as disabled access friendly as possible where practical,
given that it is a natural site and with fluctuating water levels limiting access
close to the lake at times. We do everything possible though to make the facilities
available to any disabled – or elderly -