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Control measure

Minimise the impact of vibration from vehicles or machinery

Control measure knowledge

The movement or use of vehicles or machinery should be controlled, if vibration from them may worsen the incident. Control may be applied by moving the vehicles or machinery away from the hazard area, or by limiting their use. This will need to take into account the necessity or benefits of using the vehicles or machinery.

If it is not possible to eliminate the movement or use of vehicles or machinery, the impact of vibration from them should be monitored throughout the incident. This should include:

  • Monitoring the impact on casualties
  • Monitoring structures, excavations or natural features for signs of collapse
  • Monitoring the distress of animals
  • Monitoring the impact on fire and rescue service activities

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Understand the impact of vibration that is generated by fire and rescue service vehicles and machinery, and provide relevant information to personnel

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider the impact of vibration from movement or use of vehicles or machinery on the incident

  • Assess the benefits versus risks of continued movement or use of vehicles or machinery

  • Select which vehicles or machinery may be used, and apply control to those that should not be used

  • Consider appointing personnel to monitor the impact of vibration, if the movement or use of vehicles or equipment cannot be eliminated