The GWO sets the international standard for safety training and emergency procedures in the global wind industry. The Onshore GWO BST qualification comprises of four modules and takes 5 days to complete. Or you can complete each part of the training separately.
All aspects of the training include lots of practical exercises and scenarios and at MRS Training & Rescue training centres in Cowdenbeath, Fife and Knottingley, West Yorkshire we have specially designed mock wind turbines to replicate the conditions technicians face when working in an actual turbine.
The four modules are:
- GWO Wind Turbines Working at Height and Rescue
This two-day course is highly practical and covers everything you need to know to work safely on a wind turbine and rescue either yourself or a colleague from a turbine should it be required.
Technicians cannot rely on the emergency services to help as turbines are usually remote and would take too long for them to arrive. That is why part of the BST training includes rescue skills.
The working at height and rescue course covers use of the correct PPE and how to inspect and fit a harness. It also covers fall prevention (work restraint / positioning), vertical fall arrest systems, fall arrest lanyards, self-retracting lifelines (backup system) and goes through all the relevant legislation. The course includes emergency procedures in the event of an evacuation from the turbine, along with the skills and equipment needed to rescue from a turbine.
- GWO Wind Turbines First Aid
Another two-day course that is again highly practical. After learning about the relevant legislation, delegates are taught how to manage an incident and be able to give lifesaving first aid using the primary survey known as A-B-C – Airway, Breathing, Circulation. The course also includes what to do in the event of injuries to bones, muscles and joints – and if there are head or spinal injuries. As well as how to deal with major Illnesses like seizures, strokes or a diabetic emergency. Delegates take part in practical scenario-based exercises so they can experience an incident and practice how they would respond.
- GWO Wind Turbines Manual Handling
A half day course to ensure all wind turbine technicians understand the correct method for lifting heavy equipment both on the ground and whilst inside a wind turbine.
Delegates practice techniques inside a mock wind turbine environment making the experience as close to real life as possible, so giving them the foundations to ensure safe working practices when moving and lifting equipment and materials in a wind turbine.
- GWO Wind Turbines Fire Awareness
This half day training course is aimed at ensuring wind turbine technicians understand how to prevent a fire occurring on a wind turbine, and how to extinguish one should it occur.
They will see and use the fire safety equipment found in a wind turbine and practise putting our fires as well as smoke detection and emergency escape procedures.