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Casualty involved with an unstable mode of transport

Hazard Knowledge

If a casualty is involved with an unstable mode of transport, they could be injured or trapped. Their condition could be deteriorating or life-threatening.

If emergency responders move into or onto a mode of transport before it has been appropriately stabilised, their movement could impact on the casualty’s condition. The activity or weight of emergency responders could, for example, cause further crushing to a trapped casualty.

This could include the weight impact of structural components that are moved or removed while gaining access to the mode of transport, or the equipment in use by emergency responders.

Post-collision trauma may be life-threatening; movement of an unstable mode of transport  may increase the physiological or psychological stress levels in the casualty.