GWO Standards

Advanced Rescue Refresher Training Standard

Version 2.1
April 1, 2020

Version 2 of the GWO Advanced Rescue Refresher Training Standard was launched on April 1 2020. It is available for immediate implementation by training providers in accordance with the GWO criteria for training providers. The standard consists of two modules.

Hub, Spinner & Inside Blade Rescue Refresher

The learning objectives of the Advanced Rescue Training Hub, Spinner & Inside Blade Rescue Refresher Module are to ensure participants' ability to:
  • Assess and determine rescue strategy (relevant rescue method, technique, certified equipment, and required personnel) for various rescue scenarios
  • Assess and determine evacuation strategy during a rescue operation, attending to a clear and preferred evacuation route for the injured person outside or inside a wind turbine generator (WTG) tower
  • Explain and demonstrate the identification and suitable selection of certified and structural anchor points, relevant for various rescue scenarios
  • Explain and apply the concept of lifting angle, angle factor and deviation
  • Explain and control common risks of hazardous energies and common hazards of enclosed space areas in a wind turbine when performing rescue operations
  • Apply rescue methods and techniques when performing descending and ascending rescue operations, from a wind turbine hub, spinner and inside a blade, using a rescue stretcher and spineboard, manually operated lowering/raising rescue system for limited distance rescue (rescue device, pulley system or similar), and other relevant rescue equipment
  • Fit a harness and other PPE (e.g. helmet, safety glasses) onto an injured person, in an enclosed space in a WTG
  • Package an injured person on a rescue stretcher and spineboard in a vertical or horizontal configuration to enable safe transportation, by doing regular checks, using rescue equipment such as a cervical collar and avoiding head down configuration of the unconscious/injured person
  • Communicate clearly within a potentially stressful rescue situation, both as rescue team coordinator and team member

Nacelle, Tower, Basement Rescue including Working at Height Refresher and Manual Handling Refresher

  • Enclosed space to ground (under gearbox, inside and/or behind generator, under the floor, incl. zip line in nacelle)
  • Transformer room to nacelle
  • Basement to ground floor (manually operated rescue up)
  • Inside and outside evacuation (including measures to mitigate interfering elements)
  • Rescue up e.g for helicopter extraction
  • WaH: Knowledge Review
  • WaH: Rescue from ladder
  • WaH: Self-evacuation

Participants receive three certificates upon completion of the Nacelle and Tower Rescue Refresher Module (including Working at Heights Refresher and Manual Handling Refresher)

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