These Incident Management Guidelines will help the walk leader manage an incident if it should occur on their walk.
What is an incident?
An incident is anything that you think may result in a claim against the Walk Leader and/or the Club. These events would be considered as reportable incidents:
1. A fatal accident
2. An injury involving either referral to or actual hospital treatment or treatment from a medical professional.
3. Damage to third party property
In the event of an incident involving injury
Ensure that the rest of the group is safe and secure.
Determine the nature and extent of the injury/condition and decide what form of assistance is required and how it should be summoned (remember mobile phone reception is patchy in remote or hilly areas so 112 texting may be needed).
Keep the group together if possible.
If you need to send people to get assistance then send a minimum of two people competent in navigation and ensure they are properly equipped with maps, compass, etc.
If an incident occurs make a note of what happened, names of person(s) involved, time, the terrain, weather conditions, available light and other relevant information with which to compile an Incident Report (the form will download).
Reporting an incident
If an incident occurs on a walk, the Walk Leader should report the fact to the Walk Programme Leader within 24 hours and complete an Incident Report Form (the form will download).
The details on the form should be completed by the Walk Leader.