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Animal in a structure

Hazard Knowledge

The following hazard should be read in conjunction with the National Operational Guidance: Sub-surface, height, structures and confined spaces.

Animals may become trapped in a structure, commonly due to them breaching walls, ceilings or floors; they could also become trapped in a collapsed structure.

If an animal has become trapped behind a wall, above a ceiling or under a floor, it may be necessary to break through building elements. If this has to be carried out, it should be done with regard to the structural integrity of the building to avoid causing a secondary incident.

Working in a structure has similarities to working in an enclosed space, therefore the hazard knowledge for dealing with an Animal in an enclosed space will apply.