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Wind Energy Competent Rescuer

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Wind turbine installation and maintenance are not easy tasks. A turbine is a high-risk environment with a number of danger areas where workers are exposed to fall risk and potentially require a rescue.

This course is specifically designed for individuals who work at height on wind turbines and is a pass/fail program that incorporates extensive classroom and hands-on training. The course has both written and practical examinations that are based on the requirements of OSHA regulations and the ANSI Z359.2 standard.

The course involves a high degree of hands-on scenarios and will require workers to actively participate in rescue operations.

Students attending this course will expand their knowledge and ability on how to utilize pre-engineered rescue equipment and rescue techniques for safe and efficient rescues. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive a certificate recognizing that they have met OS​HA and ANSI requirements as a Competent Rescuer.

  • Topics Discussed

    OSHA Regulations relating to fall protection

    • ​Fall hazard elimination and controls methods
    • Applicable fall protection and rescue regulation
    • Assessment of fall hazards to determine rescue methods.
    • The responsibilities of Competent and Authorized Rescuers
    • Detailed inspection and recording of rescue equipment components and systems
    • Rescue system assessments and determining when a system is unsafe
    • Development of written fall protection rescue plan and procedures
  • Hands-On Learning

    (from a fixed ladder, nacelle and hub evacuation simulations)

    • Self rescue techniques
    • Assisted self-rescue techniques
    • Mechanically aided rescue techniques
    • Rescue pick-offs of a suspended worker
    • Victim packaging
    • Equipment inspection, care and maintenance
  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of the course, the attendee will be able to:

    • Anticipate the need for a planned rescue and develop the necessary rescue procedures before authorized persons start their workplace activities
    • Obtain a working knowledge of current fall protection and planned rescue regulations, standards, equipment and systems
    • Prepare, update, review and approve planned rescue procedures
    • Identify the resources necessary and available and be able to conduct a safe, prompt and effective rescue from heights on a wind turbine
    • Know the hazards associated with rescue from heights and the required procedures necessary to mitigate the hazards within the area of the rescue
    • Verify that the rescue equipment markings, condition and instructions are appropriate
    • Verify that response procedures and rescue performances are evaluated at least annually
  • Duration:
    2 days (up to 16 hours)

    Recommended Attendance:
    This course provides training for individuals that work on wind turbines and want to be a Competent Rescuer. It is also for individuals, including managers and immediate supervisors of authorized rescuers, who work at height during the construction and maintenance of wind turbines.

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