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Health & Safety Information

Colnes Angling Society


Safety & Risk Assessment Statement

As advised by our insurers


General Risks Associated with Angling




Animals – Rats, Cattle, Horses, Sheep may be encountered. Cows – especially with calves and bulls can be unpredictable and hence dangerous – approach them with due caution.


Banks – Be aware of under cuts in the banks and take particular care when banks are wet and slippery.


Birds – Swans are rarely aggressive but are best left alone.


Casting – Always show consideration towards other people on the bank.


Rivers & Lakes – can be deceptive in depth. What looks to be 2ft deep can be 6ft! Some areas will have deep pools. In inclement weather rivers and lakes may become frozen, you must not walk on the ice.


Diseases – Wiels disease is transmitted in Rat & Cow urine. Never put wet line or equipment in your mouth. Wash your hands or use antiseptic wipes before eating or smoking. Use waterproof plasters on cuts or abrasions. Undesirable bacteria may be present in animal droppings and the river water – take suitable precautions.


Hypothermia – Ensure that suitable clothing is worn.


Insects – Use insect repellent when necessary


Lightning – You are ideally earthed when in the water or on a damp bank. Take cover well away from trees.


Trees – Fishing under trees can be unsafe in windy conditions. Beware of falling branches.


Paths – Slips, trips and falls can be dangerous so only use obvious paths beside the river banks and lakes.


People – Be constantly on the look out for other people on the river bank.


Power Lines – Beware of walking or fishing under power lines and remember that electricity can travel over considerable distances. You are ideally earthed when in the water and graphite (rod?) is an ideal conductor!


Silting – Can cause concerns. Whilst there will be solid ground underneath the depth of silt cannot always be gauged.


Sun – Suitable clothing, high factor sun screen and sun glasses are advised.


Wading – When wading do not get out of your depth, only wade where it is safe to do so and take great care in fast water and on stretches with rocky river bed. Use a wading staff for stability and to test the depth of you next step. Wear correct soles for the conditions. If in doubt always wear an automatic lifejacket.


Weed Growth – can cause wading difficulties.


Note: Colnes Angling Society accepts no liabilities of whatsoever nature arising from death or bodily injury or for loss of, or damage to property of any kind.