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Control measure

Employ a safe system of work to recover casualties and rescuers

Control measure knowledge

Incident commanders should consider implementing a safe system of work which is capable of recovering casualties and their rescuers.

A recoverable system using line equipment is an example, but may not be appropriate in all circumstances.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that crews understand the importance of having tag line and recovery systems in place when deploying crews around areas of existing and potential ground collapse

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure personnel working around unstable ground are secured using work restraint or fall arrest systems

  • Establish tag line and recovery systems for crews deployed around unstable ground