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Control measure

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Control measure knowledge

Fire and rescue service personnel need to be vigilant when working around stacks, and avoid walking on or over them. Stacks can be, or become, unstable and there could be a risk of falling from height.

On landfill sites great care should be taken when moving vehicles across the site or when crossing the site on foot, as deep-seated fires beneath the landfill surface can create hidden voids, which will be prone to collapse with little or no warning.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure safety officers understand the signs that identify possible underground voids, such as dipping on the surface of a landfill site

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Restrict access on or over landfill sites to the minimum personnel and equipment
  • Prevent all personnel from walking across stacked waste

  • Provide a safety briefing to all personnel undertaking tasks within the site
  • Fully brief safety officers on the likelihood of ground conditions becoming hazardous
  • Consider using thermal imaging cameras or on-site thermal scanning equipment to identify deep-seated fires and areas likely to be affected by hidden firespread