Risk Assessment - Clock Winder

This Clock Winder document was last reviewed at a Meeting of the Council on 5 June 2023


How to reduce the risk

Lone Worker

1.   The clock winder to notify designated person that he is going to wind the clock and the approximate length of time to be taken. If no return within the specified time investigations to be made by designated person.

2.   The clock winder to take mobile phone for use in emergency.

Church tower steps

  • Uneven and worn steps, not all steps are the same rise e.g. some 9 inch rise, some 13 inch rise.
  • Approx  35 steps to clock
  • Tower steps – in enclosed space potential to slip down in enclosed space
  • Steep step from tower stairs to clock floor

1.   Wear appropriate footwear – good grip footwear (not slippery soles)

2.   Be aware of the condition/nature of the steps   

3.   Do not rush

4.   Care needed and use stepping block

Clock Weights

  • Heavy
  • Physically demanding

Need to be in good health

No handrail e.g. rope handrail

Although there is no handrail the clock winder has advised that the provision of a rope handrail could be more trouble than it is worth because due to the limited space the metal rings to hold the rope would stick out and there would be the potential to get caught on them. The central stone pillar to be used as guidance and hand grip.

Lighting – not working, dim/dark conditions

Do not climb the steps if there are poor lighting conditions. Report non working lights to the Clerk


Currently sound but to be reported to the Clerk if condition of floorboards deteriorate e.g as a result of woodworm

Entrance to church through a small wooden door which has a step over surround.

Care to be taken to prevent tripping over the wooden surround

 If the clock winder is concerned at any stage he must not start/continue to wind the clock and any concerns to be reported immediately to the Clerk.