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Extrication from machinery, lifts and escalators

If a person is trapped in machinery, the initial focus and actions should be to ensure the safety of fire and rescue service personnel by safely accessing and stabilising the scene and the casualty, to ensure that rescue operations are not compromised.

This guidance will be valid for rescues from all types of machinery, including lifts and escalators.

It is important to remember that when assessing the risks associated with lifts and escalators, temporary lifts such as those on construction sites, whilst used for transporting people and equipment may not meet the same standards as permanent lifts.