This course equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform rescue techniques from pole tops using pre-engineered rescue kits.
- Due to the varying workplaces and emergencies that pole top workers may face in everyday work environments, students learn rescue techniques using the rescue kits mentioned above.
By the end of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
- Identification and assessment of hazards.
- Selecting a harness, pre-use inspection, donning and properly fitting the harness.
- Selecting fall protection equipment, pre-use checks and operation.
- Appropriately selecting rescue team roles.
- Maintaining clear communication throughout rescue exercises.
- Establishing and monitoring anchors.
- Assessing and monitoring the casualty.
- Checking archer systems.
- Involvement of external emergency services.
- Carrying out isolation procedures
- Record keeping.
The student will also be able to demonstrate the following skills:
- Complete a safe work method statement (SWMS).
- Set up an exclusion zone.
- Placement of rescue equipment
- Controlling hazards to rescuer, victim and others
- Removing the victim to safe location or place of safety
- Pre-use inspection off all arrest equipment
- Selecting and correctly fitting a harness and performing buddy checks.
- Maintain safe approach distances (SADs).
- Correct rigging of anchorage straps.
- Correct restraint techniques.
- Correctly using an industrial rescue kit.
- Clean up of work area.
The trainer will assess a student’s competency in this course, both theoretically and practically.
The theory assessment consists of multiple choice and short answer questions.
The practical assessment will require students to demonstrate:
- Hazard identification discussion and the completion of an SWMS documentation.
- Selecting, inspecting, putting on and correctly fitting a full-body harness.
- Performing pole top rescue techniques to retrieve suspended or injured workmates on pole tops who need assistance to get to a safe area.