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Safe system of work

Services should have procedures designed to ensure that the risk of collisions are minimised and employees should co-operate at all times. Considerations for safe vehicle movements might include establishing a marshalling sector, speed restrictions, conspicuous clothing, the use of a banksperson and communication with other emergency responders.

Appoint safety officers

In the event that an oncoming vehicle does not pay attention to cones and hazard warning signs a safety officer can alert crews at the scene of an approaching vehicle. The safety officer should have a method of communicating (whistle and a handheld radio) so that if a vehicle drives through the cones, warning can be given to the crews.

Industry and waste sites

When using on-site vehicles, the vehicle operator 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.

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 personnel are aware that on-site vehicles should be only be operated by competent people

  • Consider identifying on-site vehicles in pre-planning and site inspection visits

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider positioning a safety officer specifically briefed to watch for moving vehicles

All personnel should:
  • Be vigilant and co-operate with service procedures relating to vehicle movements