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Animal in transit

Hazard Knowledge

The following hazard should be read in conjunction with the National Operational Guidance: Transport.

Animals in transit may become trapped in or by a form of transport, including:

  • As a result of a road traffic collision
  • Within a horse box or trailer
  • Within a livestock transporter

Being trapped in or by a form of transport is likely to increase the stress level of the animal, especially if vehicles are moving near them.

When gaining entry to a vehicle in an emergency, it may not be evident that it contains an animal. The animal may be aggressive towards emergency responders if it feels threatened or scared, or it could escape onto the transport network where it could cause a secondary incident.

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