WMAC – Risk Assessment – Gladstone

RISK ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE

SECTION 1

Name of Model Flying Club Wellington Model Aeroplane Club
Name and Location of Model Flying Site Gladstone Free flight Site
Site Owner’s name Rayner Family
Does the club hold a formal lease defining use of site and term of tenancy? No
Is model flying at this site an approved activity in terms of the local Council’s District Plan? N/A
Does the club have Resource Consent for flying of model aircraft at this site? Private land
Assessor’s name (1)  Chris Murphy
Position in Club  Recording Officer
Assessor’s Signature chris
Assessor’s Name (2)  Gavin Rhodes
Position in Club  Committee
Assessor’s Signature Gavin
Risk assessment checked and authorised by Club Committee on 11/10/2017
Review of Assessment due on 28/10/2019

(Unless circumstances relating to operation change, a period not exceeding 24 months is suggested)

SECTION 2

SUBJECT ASSESSED The operation of Free flight model aircraft at the site specified above.

SECTION 3

Is/Are the Assessor(s) familiar with the requirements of: – Yes No
CAA Rule 101?  
MFNZ Policy documents and Manuals?  
NZJMA Turbine Code of Practice? N/A  
This Club’s Safety Rules and Regulations?  

SECTION 4 – SITE SPECIFIC RISKS

Record details of individuals, organisations, vehicles, buildings and anything else other than club members and bona fide visitors that could be placed at risk by Club operations
Sheep Farm operation
Buildings – shearing sheds, yards & barns
Beehives / wasp
High risk of grass fire in extreme fire risk-summer & autumn.
 
 

SECTION 5 – HAZARDS REGISTER

Date Hazard
11/10/2017  Rudimentary unformed walking tracks
11/10/2017  Rudimentary bridges over watercourse ways
11/10/2017  Fences with barbed wire
11/10/2017  Deep drainage ditches adjacent to a number of fences
11/10/2017  Car parking area
11/10/2017 Batteries / Model aircraft fuel explosion
   
   
   
   

RISK ASSESSMENT OF BEFORE AND AFTER CONTROL MEASURES

GROUP A RISKS – ENVIRONMENTAL

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:
Use of Airspace relative to: –
· Full sized aircraft
· Other club members aircraft
· Visibility – height
· Visibility – sun blindnessSun & wind burn
· Dehydration / Heatstroke
· Spectators close to free flight area
2 2 4
Control Measures:
· CAA approval held to 400ft. AGL
· No full size aircraft transition the airspace.
· No more than twenty model aircraft flying at any one time.
· Flight envelope altered to avoids sun problems
· Suntan lotion and appropriate clothing to be worn
· Pilots to insure they bring sufficient water / drink, and  stop regularly to rehydrate
· Defined spectator area 20 metres from flight box
Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:
Meteorology – poor visibility and adverse wind direction.
3 2 6
Control Measures:
· Weather minimum 3 km visibility (CAA Reg 101)
3 1 3

GROUP B SITE SPECIFIC RISKS – ENVIRONMENTAL

 

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:
Sheep Farm operation
 2  1 1
Control Measures:
All pilots to be aware of farm operation on that day
Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:
Buildings – shearing sheds, yards & barns
3 1 3
Control Measures:
Flight envelope is away from structures
Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:
Rudimentary unformed walking tracks, coursing trips and falls
3  2 6
Control Measures:
Pilots to be aware of there surrounding and take care when using the tracks
Residual
2
Residual
1
Residual
2
 Details of Hazard:
Beehives / wasp
4 2 8
Control Measures:
Flight envelope is away kept away from the beehive.Review of flight area to insure away from any wasp nests
  Residual
2
 Residual 
2
 Residual 
4
 Details of Hazard:
High risk of grass fire in extreme fire risk-summer & autumn.
4 3 12
Control Measures:
Limit the use of any device / equipment  that potential could course an ignition source
Fire Extinguisher to be carried by one at lest one of the pilots flying that day.
 Residual
2
 Residual
2
 Residual
4
Details of Hazard:
Rudimentary bridges over watercourse ways
3 2  6
 Control Measures:
Make all pilots and spectators aware of the bridges and use alternative rout if possible.
  Residual
2
  Residual
2
 Residual 
4
Details of Hazard:
Fences with barbed wire
2  2 4
Control Measures:
Use gates or stile to move from one field to another. (Any gates opened must be closed behind them)
Residual
1
Residual
2
Residual
2
Details of Hazard:
Deep drainage ditches adjacent to a number of fences
 4  2 8
Control Measures:
Use gates or stile to move from one field to another. (Any gates opened must be closed behind them)
If fence or ditch must be crossed then another pilot or spectator to assist.
Residual
2
Residual
2
Residual
4
Details of Hazard:
Car parking area
 4  1  4
 Control Measures:
Car park to be located 50m upwind from the flight line
Residual
2
Residual
1
Residual
2
Details of Hazard:

Batteries / Model aircraft fuel explosion

3 1  3
 Control Measures:
Fire Extinguisher handy
First aid kit
Buckets of Sand
 Residual
2
Residual 
1
 Residual
2

GROUP A RISKS – MECHANICAL

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:
Collision of model aircraft being flown at the same time.
 2  2  4
Control Measures:
· No more than twenty aircraft in the air at any one time.
2  1  2

GROUP B SITE SPECIFIC RISKS – MECHANICAL

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual

GROUP A RISKS – HUMAN

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:
Pilot qualification – control of aircraft
 2  2 4
Control Measures:
· All pilots current MFNZ members and covered by MFNZ insurance.
· All aircraft must be suitably trimmed.
 1 2 2
Details of Hazard:
Operational Limitations – operating within approved flight envelope and geographical limits.
 3  2  6
Control Measures:
· Briefing of new club members and bona fide visitors on flight envelope.
· Flight envelope to suit wind conditions.
· All flying within flight envelope.
 2  2  4
Details of Hazard:
Pilot awareness/co-ordination – loss of awareness of operating environment.
 3  2  6
Control Measures:
· All pilots to operate as agreed on the day or as per CD instructions.
 2  2  4

GROUP B SITE SPECIFIC RISKS – HUMAN

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:
· Towing gliders
· winding rubber powered models
· Operating IC engines – cuts, burns
 3 2  6
Control Measures:
· Towing equipment kept in good working order and inspected before operating.
· Use electrical winding equipment to prevent sprains and cuts.
· Use suitable gloves to prevent cut and burns.
Residual
2
Residual
2
Residual
4
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual