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Last Revised 29/01/2016

Risk Assessment for Adventure Caving
Risk

Probability

Exposure

Consequences

Contributing Factors

Severity

Slips, Trips

Likely

Continuous

Low

Uneven floor, slippery rocks
(in the wet), Dark
environment

Moderate

Panic Attacks

Possible

Frequent

Minor

Tight spaces, Chance of
claustrophobia, Animals such
as snakes, spiders etc.

Moderate

Management Plan

Who’s
Responsible
Tour Guide
Participants

Participants are
briefed prior to tour
departing.
Guide monitors
participants
throughout the cave.
Participants are
provided with
protective clothing,
helmets and head
lamps.
Participants are to
stay in the
designated areas and
on pathways at all
times.
Participants are
Tour Guide
made aware of the
environment they
are going into, there
is a guide present for
physical and
emotional support,
guides can direct
people to avoid
animals.
Tours can be
modified to suit

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Asthma Attacks

Possible

Frequent

Minor

Dry dusty environment, High
level of physical activity.

Moderate

Rock
Movement /
Rock Falls

Unlikely

Rare

Moderate

Some loose rocks in some
areas of the caving (majority
on the floor). Fig trees roots
may cause small rocks to fall
from the roof if people shake
them.

Moderate

Participants
may have
medical

Likely

Frequent

Low

Due to the physical nature of
the tour some medical
conditions or a low level of

Moderate

individual
participants
requirements.
Participants are to fill
out medical form
prior to activity. Any
participants with
asthma are required
to bring puffer
and/or other
medication on tour.
If tour guide notice
participants
struggling with
physical activity they
are to slow done the
pace of tour.
Tour guides are to
make participants
aware of the areas
where there may be
loose rocks. Guides
also instruct
participants not to
swing on the tree
roots. Tours are not
taken into any areas
of the cave where
there is a high
possibility of a rock
fall.
Participants are
made aware of
physical aspect.

Participants
Tour Guide

Tour Guide
Participants

Tour Guide

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condition or
low level of
fitness.

fitness may cause problems
for participants.

Participant
becomes
immobilized
due to injury.

Possible

Uncommon

Moderate

Individuals may fall causing
injury to themselves. Due to
the cave environment
individuals may not be able
to make their way through
the cave with only fairly
minor injuries. Individuals
may become disorientated
due to the darkness of the
caves.

High

Equipment
Failure

Rare

Frequent

Moderate

Equipment may fail during
tour. Equipment may be

Moderate

Participants are to fill
out medical form
prior to going on
tour. If guide believe
participants may
struggle they will
start with easy
challenges and build
up to the more
physical challenges.
In the case of an
accident a stretcher
is available to
recover individual
from the cave. Local
emergency services
have had some
training in the caves
and recues from the
cave. Groups of less
than three people
including the guide
are not to go into the
cave. Thus if an
injury occurs there is
at least one person
who can make their
way back to the
kiosk for help while
others stay with the
individual who has
been injured.
All equipment is
logged and maintain

Tour guide
All available
staff
Emergence
Services

All adventure
Staff

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damaged prior or during
tour. Participants may bring
their own equipment which
could be damaged or
unsuitable.

Snake Bites or
other animal
bites or stings

Rare

Unusually

Major

There is a chance
participants may come into
contact with snakes or wasp
bees and other animals.

High

by staff. All
equipment is
checked for any
damage before use
by guide.
Participant’s
equipment must
meet our standards.
Capricorn Caves
provides all
equipment for
adventure tours. All
participants
equipment is used at
the own risk of the
individual. Guides
will demonstrate and
explain how all
equipment is to be
used. Participants
may bring their own
torches but Helmets
will be provided.
All guides carry a
first aid kit and are
required to have a
basic first aid
certificate. Guides
are also to look out
for snakes and other
animals and try to
keep participants
away from them.

Tour Guide
Participants

Guide

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