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Control measure
Supervise on-site staff operating machinery in the hazard area

Control measure knowledge

When using on-site machinery, on-site staff should be closely supervised to ensure they are not taking unnecessary risks, they have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and they are aware of the presence of fire and rescue service personnel.

If the incident is fire-related, the incident commander has the final decision on what is used, how it is used and by whom.

Fire and rescue service personnel are trained to understand the incident command protocols. However, this may not be the same for other people, who may require a high level of supervision when operating in the hazard area.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that all fire and rescue service personnel understand that on-site machinery should only be operated under the supervision of the fire and rescue service

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure on-site staff are closely supervised when operating on-site machinery in the hazard area
  • Ensure detailed briefings and constant monitoring take place