GWO Standards

Advanced Rescue Training Refresher Standard

Version 1
October 1, 2018

Version 1 of the GWO Advanced Rescue Training Refresher Standard was launched on 1st October 2018. 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 delegates' 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

  • 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

Delegates receive two certificates upon completion of the nacelle and tower rescue refresher module (including working at heights refresher)

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