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Trapped casualty: Mode of transport

Hazard Knowledge

If the appropriate techniques, speed and management are not applied when rescuing a casualty who is trapped in or by a mode of transport, this could result in further trauma to them, deterioration in their condition or their death.

The interaction between emergency responders, the casualty and the mode of transport should be considered; the actions taken could adversely affect the safety of anyone on-scene. For further information refer to:

When personnel are working inside a mode of transport, removing items from it or using tools to manipulate, cut or spread it, can result in unwanted movement. This movement can impact on the condition of a casualty, due to sudden or sharp movements, or impact on the safety of emergency responders. For further information refer to:

Consideration should be given to other hazards that could result in an unwanted or uncontrolled escalation of the incident. For example, the presence of fuel leaking from a mode of transport should be controlled to prevent its release and potential ignition. For further information refer to:

Position of the mode of transport

The resting position of a mode of transport may hinder safety, progress and therefore the speed of a rescue, which may impact on the medical outcomes of a casualty. This includes situations such as a car that has gone under a larger vehicle, or if a tree has come to rest on top of a mode of transport.