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Control measure

Establish a safe working environment

Control measure knowledge

Before entering a machine room, personnel should recognise and fully assess the risks and hazards associated, as the risk can range from minor cuts and abrasions to being trapped or fatally injured by moving machinery or falling down a lift shaft.

Personnel should be aware of the proximity of other moving parts of the equipment. It is important that the correct equipment is identified so that the corresponding machinery and power systems can be isolated.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Provide emergency responders with information and training on the safe management of incidents involving lifts and other machinery

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure that inner and outer cordons are established, identified and communicated
  • Establish safe access and egress routes to machine rooms and shafts
  • Consider the need for fall arrest or work positioning equipment when working near shafts