Working at Height Rescue Plans
As an employer, you must have a rescue plan in place for any work that involves working at height in-order to rescue any employees if they encounter difficulties.
Working at height rescue plan
Your work at height rescue plans form an essential part of your overall emergency response procedures and the details need to be just as specific as the planning of the work to be undertaken in the first place. It is important that the rescue plan is suitable, sufficient and effective so those that need to be rescued can be quickly and safely recovered without putting anybody else at risk. Unfortunately, we find that this is not always the case.
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Example rescue plan
Emergency rescue situations may result from a number of different but foreseeable reasons. Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and cherry pickers are common in the workplace and may stop working or seize. A person may unexpectedly fall unconscious or simply become unwell whilst in an awkward location. Or a person may fall on a lanyard and become suspended in their harness which may lead to further complications.
When planning the process for undertaking rescues from a height it might be useful to ask yourself the following questions:
- How will you know if someone is in need of rescue?
- How quickly can you get to them?
- How quickly can you get them to a safe place?
- What equipment and training do you need to make all this actually happen?
There are many different types of rescue systems, but ultimately you need to be confident that the working at height rescue equipment supplied is appropriate for how you intend to use it, some systems even allow for self-rescue providing the person is still conscious.
Level of rescue required
You will need to ensure that your risk assessment considers what level of rescue is required.