Originally Posted by havener
Also, a simple risk assessment for the operator's business should show something like :
Risk - Passenger falls overboard and drowns
Mitigation - Insist passengers wear lifejackets.
Risk assesments are subjective.
I would suggest that you could equally well assess the risk as follows:
RISK - passenger falls overboard.
LIKLIHOOD - low: provided responsible driving style employed, and reasonable wave heights being encountered. All passengers are seated on jockey seats in the centre of a large boat (not on tubes). No previous history (I assume) of MoB from this vessel. MoB's not perceived as actually being a common occurance on commercial RIBs with jockey seats opperated responsibly.
IMPACT - potential loss of life especially for non swimmer (therefore ensure lifejackets are available and signage clear to that effect). Given the high manouverability of the craft, and the location of all passengers in front of the crew it is likely that any MoB could be quickly and successfully recovered without serious consequences.
I am not saying that this is the correct analysis of risk - but it if I was on the jury I could be convinced!