Tech Safety Lines adds GWO safety training for its customers… and more
At Tech Safety Lines, based in Carrollton, Texas, the combination of specialized training and patented equipment that meets the applicable ANSI and CE standards raises the bar on safety at the frontlines for wind turbine technicians – and the company continues to expand its offerings to the industry.
“Each person we train knows they can get to the ground to be with their kids and family at night,” said Diane Waghorne, Founder, Owner and President of Tech Safety Lines.
Tech Safety Lines, a woman-owned business, was established in 2002 initially to provide patented safety and rescue equipment for working at heights, and today companies that purchase the equipment must have their employees attend rescue training on how to use the kits and systems.
The range of equipment includes rescue kits, fall arrest lanyards, control descent systems, and medical devices and kits.
In addition to offering patented equipment and training, Tech Safety Lines instructors have experience in rescue scenarios, according to Diane. Trainers of Tech Safety Lines are fire fighters and emergency medical technicians who combine experience on the frontlines with knowledge of correct use of equipment.
Most of the equipment the company offers today is acquired by businesses in the wind industry, and that’s why Tech Safety Lines recently expanded its training programs and earned certification from Global Wind Organisation (GWO) to become a training provider for first aid, manual handling, fire awareness and working at heights. Shortly after, they expanded their offerings and certification to include GWO advanced rescue and enhanced first aid training standards. Additionally, they are planning to add basic technical training in early 2022.
Since 2019, the number of GWO training modules completed in North America has risen by more than 100 percent to over 25,000 modules delivered in 2021. The number of GWO trained technicians also has doubled to more than 8,000.
Diane believes it is essential to build experience for wind technicians: “We know we’re making a difference when we get the phone call or email saying that Tech Safety Lines helped someone get down to be able to go home and be with their family.”