SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

ACCIDENT RESPONSE

As a guideline for the management of various types of accidents or incidents.

This includes:

  • Field injury or medical emergency
  • Vehicle accident.

In general, YSAR Tauranga will coordinate and manage all emergency and accident situations until relieved by the police, SAR, ambulance medics or locally responsible personnel.

Professional conduct is essential in an emergency:

  • Stay calm – it will help all involved.
  • Undertake only tasks that are within you scope of knowledge and training.
  • Under no circumstances YSAR Tauranga (leaders or members) admit liability to participants in any situation.
  • Report the accident through the online accident registry.

VEHICLE ACCIDENT

  • Secure the scene – prevent the situation from getting worse (evacuate vehicle / move participants away / minimise fuel leaks and risk of fire / close road off or signal to other vehicles using bystanders).
  • Establish the number of people involved / injuries.
  • Treat the injured after triaging / keep the uninjured participants secure.
  • Call 111 for ambulance and fire services.
  • If another vehicle is involved, do not admit liability.
  • Obtain the driver’s name, licence number, registration, and insurance company.
  • Contact the course director and the programme manager.

FIELD INJURY OR MEDICAL EMERGENCY

ACCIDENT AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES:

  • Treat the victims to your skill level – prepare for transport.
  • Secure the scene – check for further hazards, relocate the participants to a safe area.
  • Fill out a patient-monitoring chart.
  • Categorise the injuries from those listed below and decide on transport priority.
  • Contact the course director and advise them of the accident (type, severity, number involved).
MINOR:

Cuts, bruises, minor abrasions, strains.The instructor should treat these on the spot and give the participants the choice of continuing their excursion or returning to base.

LIFE-THREATENING:

Complicated fractures, unconsciousness, head or spinal injuries

  • Treat the injury to the level of available resources.
  • Arrange immediate evacuation.
  • Complete incident forms and take witness statements.
  • Do not disturb the scene if ’serious harm’ has occurred
  • Advise the YSAR Coordinator
  • Debrief all accidents.
  • Follow up the injured person’s status and condition with the medical staff.
NON-LIFE-THREATENING:

Sprains, lacerations, minor fractures.

The instructor should:

  • Treat the injury to the level of available resources.
  • Give the participants the choice of continuing or not.
  • Tell the course director about the injury.
  • Arrange evacuation through the course director if appropriate.
  • Complete the report on the online accident registry and notify a leader. An automated report will be forwarded to a committee member.