WGDS Field Trial Risk Assesment
WGDS RISK ASSESSMENT – to apply to all events and all those attending.
A. POSSIBLE HAZARDS
Personal injury resulting from the intended or accidental discharge of a shotgun, driven or falling shot, falling game, noise or blast.
Slips and falls on ground that may be wet, uneven, sloping or marshy.
Hazards associated with the crossing of water courses, hedges, fences, other natural and manmade obstacles. Whether shooting, beating, picking up, competing or members of the
Injury resulting from direct contact with barbed wire, thorn hedges, low branches or other
naturally occurring material or constructed features of the landscape and from livestock that
may be alarmed or disturbed.
Hazards associated with the use of vehicles on private land or public highways.
Hazards associated with being in the vicinity of machinery on private land or public highway. This is to include crop spraying activities and chemicals that may be associated with this
All game to be handed over to the estate at the completion of shooting of each day for
At risk are:-
Persons using shotguns (referred to Guns) and their companions.
Persons employed or volunteering to drive/hold game for the Guns.
Those placed in charge of the line (Steward of the Beat).
Hosts, persons employed or volunteers or competitors that collect and retrieve shot game
Those Officials, Judges and Volunteers that are present to run the Field Trial.
Drivers of vehicles.
On-lookers and members of the public and press.
B. CODE OF PRACTICE TO BE OBSERVED BY ALL PERSONS TAKING PART OR WATCHING
THE CHIEF STEWARD will brief all present before moving off, a copy of this Risk Assessment
will be displayed within the designated Registration Area.
GUNS must be competent at handling shotguns in a safe manner and must be in possession of a valid shotgun certificate and have Public Liability Insurance. The ‘Shoot Captain’ will be
responsible for ensuring that all Guns comply with the above requirements.
Guns must keep their weapons in a covered slip until arrival at their allocated position in the
field trial line. Shots must not be fired prior to or after the signal is given to start/stop
shooting and when walking the ground guns to be broken, they should never be closed and
slung over shoulders.
A shot should only be taken when it is safe to do so. Guns must be aware at all times of the
proximity of those closest to them, other Guns, Beaters, Stops, Pickers Up, Officials, Judges,
Competitors, Press and Members of the Public and also aware of the location of public
footpaths, bridleways, highways and livestock in the vicinity.
The Judges or Chief Steward may request the stopping of shooting should there be sufficient
game on the ground or the shooting of game whilst dogs are working
Shotguns and ammunition must not be left unattended under any circumstances.
RED FLAG/S are there for your safety. Members of the public and competitors that are not
required in line must stay with the ‘Gallery’ within the RED FLAG/S, which must be held aloft
at all times and obey the instructions of the Officials or Members of the Estate Staff.
VEHICLES provided to transport Guns, Competitors and Officials must be suitable for the
purpose and terrain that is to be encountered. Adequate seating must be provided, no dogs
will be allowed in the driving compartment of the vehicles. The driver of each vehicle must
be acquainted with the route and terrain over which they are to travel and be aware of the
other vehicles in the party.
ALL ATTENDEES must respect the property on which they are invited guests, be aware of
the local terrain and likely hazards and conduct themselves in a friendly and environmental
way. Everybody involved must keep away from agricultural machinery, although it will not
normally be working in the areas where the shoot is taking place.
All attendees must be alert and aware giving their undivided attention to the progress of the
event All persons involved should wear suitable non-restrictive clothing, adequate to
provide protection from the elements and stout water resistant footwear. It is the
responsibility of all persons attending that they equip themselves adequately and
appropriately with ear protectors.
If the Code of Practice is observed, the risk to human health and safety posed by possible
hazards that may be encountered during this authorised activity are deemed to be low.
In the event of an emergency the event will be stopped immediately and all weapons must
be unloaded and placed back in the covered slip.
Should this occurrence be caused by the involvement of persons that are opposed to the
activity the Steward of the Beat in consultation with the Chief Steward and Judges must
arrange to vacate the ground without the need for confrontation.
Footnote: be aware of dog hazards, barbed wire, open roads, walls with high drops, rat bait,
adder snakes, snares, frozen lakes, blue algae water and obstacles in water.
Revised 21/10/2021 SjD