When planning work at height activities, emergencies and rescue must also be considered. Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries in the UK.
Why do you need a work at height rescue plan?
TheWork at Height Regulations 2005 stipulate employers must have a plan in placefor emergencies and rescue when working at height, and the emergency services cannot be entirely relied upon.
Rather, there must be a specific rescue plan and adequate resources in place for each worksite, where work at height is carried out. Resources should include not only equipment, but also personnel who have been trained in the use of that equipment.
When planning for rescue, consideration should be given to the type of situation from which the casualty may need to be recovered and the type of fall protection equipment which the casualty would be using. A distinction may be made between the terms “rescue” and “evacuation”:
Rescue typically involves the recovery of a casualty by another person either remotely or directly.
Evacuation is typically carried out by a stranded user to escape from a remote situation such as a tower crane or narrow aisle truck.
What factors should you consider?
A rescue plan is required where any person may foreseeably be suspended in a harness or where a person may become isolated at height and require recovery (including training facilities). The rescue plan should consider:
Safety of persons carrying out / assisting with the rescue
The anchor points to be used for the rescue equipment
The suitability of equipment (anchors, harnesses, attachments and connectors) that has already arrested the fall of the casualty for use during the rescue
The method that will be used to attach the casualty to rescue system
The direction that the casualty needs to be moved to get them to the point of safety (raising, lowering or lateral)
The first aid needs the casualty may have with respect to injury or suspension trauma
The possible needs of the casualty following rescue
Working at height rescue services
MRS Training & Rescue is a leading provider of height safety, access and rescue services for many industries including:
Oil & Gas
We also offer rescue training to ensure you have the skills needed to assess and plan a rescue, make the casualty safe and remove them from the area using suitable rescue equipment and safe rescue techniques.
For over 120 years, MRS has provided its specialist skills, experience and knowledge to effect the rescue and escape of mine workers from underground. Read more about our historic heritage, and how it has impacted on our present and future, by clicking here
MRS and Elgin Marsh delivered a great and bespoke training course to our operatives on gas monitors. The training was informative, relevant to our work, and kept the team engaged. MRS went above and beyond by creating a bespoke training course for us, and managed to deliver training on our premises with a week's notice. Highly professional throughout, and I would highly recommend them.
10 days ago
Very informative course which was presented professionally.
10 days ago
Exactl place to lurn
10 days ago
I have been attending MRS Mansfield for around 10 years for confined space training (high and medium risk)> The knowledge and professionalism of all the staff is second to none! I would not hesitate to recommend MRS Training and Rescue.
11 days ago
Really good first aid at work refresher course, never got boring good mixture of practical and theory and not just watching power points, more mannequins was better too, plus a couple of competitions made it interesting. Well presented by Phil too. Would recommend to any company. Plus always finished on time and did what it said refreshed everything and told us any changes in first aid since last refresher 👍
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