Risk Control

In order that injuries and/or accidents can be minimized, the following evaluation needs to be addressed and taken into taken into consideration prior to use, by both coaches and/or the user:

Hazard Identification

  • Who might be harmed?
  • Advice given or taken for controlling the risk?
  • Further Control Measures?
  • Finger, hair entrapment?
  • Users and on-lookers should be warned about putting fingers in or around the flywheel, near pulleys and ropes. [A warning notice is already posted on the SpeedStroke GYM flywheel]
  • Users and on-lookers should be warned about the possibility of being struck by the shaft.
  • On-lookers must stay clear and out of the ‘no go’ [safe working] area and from the immediate vicinity of Ergometer.

Strain Injuries

  • Users must use appropriate hand paddles and appropriate resistance for the paddler/user?
  • Instruction should be given by a coach or responsible overseer and/or caution taken by the paddler/user, so as not to over exert themselves.
  • Lifting and handling advice and training given when moving the Ergometer.

Exercise Induced Stress

  • Users and or coaches must not pressure other users when using the Ergometer
  • Caution with regard to over extending the exercise intensity or exercise duration and should be used- especially when not familiar with the Ergometer.
  • Skin abrasions / blisters may occur – especially when new to the Ergometer.
  • If these occur consult your physician or healthcare professional.

Slips and Trips

  • All to Ensure floors are suitable, to located the Ergometer. If footwear is to be worn ensure it is suitable and adequate.
  • Ensure that there are no items of equipment lying around that could lead to a trip.
  • Ensure other training activities are kept at a distance.

Falling Off Ergometer

  • Users Training in technique and balance given, beginners observed at all times.
  • Ensure that the user locates themselves centrally on the board – [either the Padddleboard that is applied onto the base, or onto the base itself]. Always proceed with caution and use the Ergometer conservatively until the user is familiar with the Ergometer and its action.

Ergometer Collapsing

  • Users to ensure all adjustments, nuts and bolts are secure and functional prior to exercise.
  • If a paddleboard is to be mounted onto the platform – ensure this is securely fastened to the platform with the straps provided- ensure always that any paddleboard is also located centrally on top of the platform to prevent “tipping”.