If uninjured and able to do so, the transporter should:

  1. Call 911 if the accident occurs on a public roadway or if emergency assistance is required for an on-farm accident. Advise operator of:
  • The location of the accident
  • The fact that you have animals on-board
  • The status of any loose animals
  • Any known hazards
  1. Set out emergency warning devices within 10 minutes of the accident.
  2. Call the designated company contact. If the company has a dispatch checklist for accidents, proceed through the list. If not, inform the dispatcher about the accident location, whether there are injuries, the animals’ condition, the trailer’s position, vehicles involved and if first responders are on scene yet.
  3. Call other designated contacts according to company protocol. These could include the insurance companies for the cargo and the vehicle, as well as your contacts at the destination. Provide them with the same information.
  4. If the tractor and/or trailer are damaged and unable to move, proceed to No. 6. If damage is minor, the trailer is upright and there are no injuries, take photos and record names and addresses of other people involved and witnesses.
  5. Herd any loose pigs from the road and gather them in an area as far away from traffic as possible.
  6. Locate the accident reporting kit and take photos of the accident as soon as possible. Photos should include road conditions, vehicle damage, the position of the trailer, the overall accident scene, skid marks, curves, intersections and where the vehicle left the road (if it did).
  7. Provide as much protection and comfort for the animals as possible.
  8. If approached by media for an interview, refer them to the first responder in charge of the accident. Remember that at this point, as the transporter, you are the most visible representative of the company and pork industry and that you should conduct yourself as such.
  9. When first responders arrive, advise them of the accident details, including injuries to people, the status of any loose animals, any known hazards and the company’s emergency response plan. If available, let the authorities know if a company rescue trailer and animal handling personnel are on the way and the estimated time of arrival. Respect the chain of command at all times.
Source:  Pork Checkoff’s Transportation Quality Assurance® (TQA®) program