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GWO Working at Heights and Manual Handling Combined


Course Information

2 Day GWO Work at Height & Manual Handling Courses | Achieve the GWO BST Standards

Your Two-Day GWO Work at Height & Manual Handling Course

Date of Next Course:

Monday 20th to Tuesday 21st September

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Duration: Two Days

Validation: 2* Years (1 Year in Germany)

Awarding Body: GWO (Global Wind Organisation)

This module ensures that delegates are competent to perform safe work at height, undertake a comprehensive basic rescue from height and encourage best practice manual handling behaviour and perform manual handling tasks safely to meet expected industry standards.

The GWO Working at Height and manual handling combined module has been designed to meet the basic training and competency requirements for all personnel, contractors and employers undertaking work at height and perform safe lifting techniques on wind farms and within the renewables sector.

The GWO work at height and manual handling course syllabus include:

 Legislation and behavioural safety  Harness
 Fall prevention  Vertical fall arrest
 Vertical fall arrest systems  Fall arrest lanyards
 Dropped objects  Self-retracting lifelines
 Control measures to prevent injury during training  Practical exercises
 Emergency procedure  Risks and hazards - suspension trauma
 PPE review  Rescue devices and rigging set up
 Controls to prevent injury during training  Rescue exercises


2 Day GWO Working at Height - Learn best practice Work at height skills

The GWO manual handling course syllabus includes: 

 Spinal anatomy and posture (benefit of warms up, body posture, potential & causes of injury and injury and incident reporting)
 Planning manual handling (T.I.L.E. principle, hierarchical approach and control measures)
 Manual handling techniques (risks and hazards, safe lifting, proper techniques)


GWO Manual Handling Course | Best Practice Manual Handling and Safe Lifting to meet the GWO BST Standards

Offshore teams consisting of technicians, contractors and operations and maintenance specialists will be required to undertake a variety of tasks such as routine maintenance and repair work undertaken at height and may involve heavy lifting.

Some of these tasks will require specialised equipment, which may require safely transported and lifting once on-site.  This may also include transferring heavy equipment from the shoreline to offshore locations, which may provide a manual handling headache and logistical challenge.

Work at Height

Any work undertaken at height carries a certain element of risk. Therefore, as employers or employees, we have a duty of care to ensure all the adequate precautions have been put in place for any tasks that need to be completed at height and that the work is undertaken by personnel, who clearly display the competencies, knowledge and industry-specific training certifications to complete at height tasks in a safe and controlled manner.

Manual Handling

The GWO Manual Handling element of this module will reinforce positive manual handling techniques, considerations when lifting and moving objects and safe working practices to help reduce the potential risk of injury resulting from incorrect manual handling techniques by assessing the risks and planning the lifting task. Delegates will also need to clearly understand the TILE principle, discuss how to assess and control risks and explain how control measures reduce the risk of injury. 

HFR Solutions has unrivalled, state-of-the-art work at height training facilities providing a perfect learning environment for delegates to learn the associated risks and best practice procedures such as working at height, evacuation and rescue of injured persons.

Course Benefits

Your delegates will receive the following course benefits;

  • Industry-standard - Recognised GWO accreditation and is valid for two years (*One Year in Germany)
  • Competence - Delegates will meet the required competencies for working at height and manual handling in a renewable environment
  • Qualified and experienced trainers - HFR Solutions CIC instructors are specialists in working at height and GWO standards
  • Real-incident experiences - our instructors have handled rescue, at height, fire, medical and incident response scenarios in real-life 
  • Peace of mind for you– we have successfully delivered numerous working at height courses for the renewables sectors
  • Skills - Highly skilled workforce
  • Increased confidence - your delegates will be trained in best practice processes for working at height and rescue in an offshore environment
  • Ability to apply best practice procedures – For implementing fire prevention, manual handling, working at height, first aid and marine survival best practice techniques
  • Safe systems of work – delegates will be able to help implement safe systems of work in their environments
  • Mobile training units - our working at height training can be delivered at your site (In-situ)
  • Purpose-built working at infrastructure - both internal and external unrivalled working at height training infrastructure in the region
  • ISO accredited business - ISO9001, ISO14001 & ISO 18001

Upon successful completion of this module, delegates will be able to display safe work at height practice and best practice lifting techniques in a safe and controlled manner.

Learning Outcomes

Delegates will be assessed through a mixture of learning outcomes employing blended learning, theory and practical exercises, direct observation and oral questions.

All delegates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Safe working at height procedures
  • Able to identify unsafe working at height practices
  • Improving the safety of your employees who work at heights
  • Increased competence – greater insight and ability to implement best practice
  • A greater understanding of rescue techniques
  • Using correct manual handling techniques
  • Correct use of the evacuation and rescue devices
  • Using correct rescue techniques

Relevant Legislation

If some or all of your employees work at height, whether you are a business owner or responsible for the health and safety side of your organisation, it is essential that you have a complete understanding of relevant working at height legislation and how it may affect your organisation;

  • GWO Standards
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Puwer – Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998)
  • Loler (Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998)
  • General Health & Safety Legislation
  • Health and safety at work Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999


Don't Just Take Our Word For It ......

"Just completed my GWO Working at Height and Manual Handling Course at HFR Solutions CIC. It was a very well balanced course. Informative yet inciteful. I will be back to complete any other training there in the future".

Paul Storr, Quality Control Supervisor, Orsted Hornsea 2

"The confidence in our guys has undoubtedly grown. We have found the training to be very professional, in particular, the Working at Heights training. HFR Solutions CIC adjusts the knowledge delivery according to the needs of the delegates but without missing a thing". 

Adrian Farrow, Health & Safety Officer, Ecotricity

GWO Working at Heights and Manual Handling Combined

Course Code: WAH01

Location - HFR Solutions Training Centre, Hessle

Duration - 2 Days

Closed Course Information

Price per course - £2250.00 + VAT

Max 6 delegates

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