Hazard Objects involved in a collision
Knowledge and understanding
|Objects involved in a collision||
Understand all associated hazard knowledge
For the purpose of this guidance, the term 'objects involved in collision' refers to street furniture and surroundings that may be involved in an incident. This includes objects that a vehicle may hit or vice versa.
Street furniture is a collective term for objects and pieces of equipment installed on streets and roads for various purposes. It includes benches, crash barriers, bollards, post boxes, phone boxes, street lamps, traffic lights, traffic signs, bus stops, tram stops, taxi stands, public lavatories, fountains, watering troughs, memorials, public sculptures and waste receptacles.
In addition, debris deposited from vehicle cargo or previous incidents has been included within this hazard and its associated control measures.
The risks posed by objects involved in a collision include:
- Instability to the vehicle
- Impact injury
- Musculoskeletal injury
- Cutting or laceration
- Electric shock
Any object that has come to rest on a vehicle presents a stability hazard in itself and may, in turn, affect the stability of the vehicle. It may also increase or cause injury to the casualties and hamper extrication activities.
- Control measureMake safe any affected barriers
- Control measureIdentify the direction of movement of the objects involved in a collision