GWO Standards

Advanced Rescue Training Standard

Version 3.1
December 6, 2022

The ART modules shall enable participants to perform entry-type injured person rescue operations, in a WTG, using industry standard rescue equipment, rescue methods and techniques, exceeding those of GWO Working at Height.

Hub Rescue

The aim of this module is to enable the participants to perform rescue operations, in a WTG hub, spinner and inside the blade by using industry standard rescue equipment, methods and techniques, exceeding those of GWO Working at Height.

The Hub Rescue Module shall ensure that the participants are able to:

  1. Take responsibilityto determine rescue and evacuation strategy, performing rescue operations in a WTG hub, spinner and inside the blade (Knowledge, intermediate level)
  2. Explainthe concepts of lifting angle, angle factor and deviation considering common risks of hazardous energies and common hazards (Ability,intermediate level)

Nacelle, Tower & Basement Rescue

The aim of this module is to enable the participants to perform injured person rescue operations in a WTG nacelle, tower, and basement, by using industry standard rescue equipment, methods, and techniques, exceeding those of GWO work at height.

The Nacelle, Tower and Basement Rescue module shall ensure that the participants are able to:

  1. Perform:
  • rescue operations using the casualties personal fall protection on the injured
  • rescue operations in a WTG nacelle, tower and basement using a hand held lamp
  • transportation of an injured person horizontally over the length of the turbine
  • transportation of an injured person to a higher platform using rescue up techniques and equipment (both manual and power-driven)
  1. Apply clear communication and guidance to other emergency responders (e.g.vessel or ambulance crew) including coordinating the handover of an injured person (Skills, intermediate level)

The participants shall:

  1. acknowledge the benefits of having a coordinator in a rescue team, and the responsibility that comes with it
  2. take part in discussing which advanced rescue preparations and emergency & communication procedures apply in their own organisation
  3. Commit to demonstrating a pro-active approach and role model behaviour

Single Rescuer - Hub, Spinner & Inside Blade

The aim of this module is to enable the participants to perform single rescuer advanced rescue operations, in a WTG hub, spinner and inside the blade by using industry standard rescue equipment, methods and techniques, exceeding those of GWO’s Working at Heights Standard.

Based on the participants HSIBR module qualifications, the single rescuer (SR:HSIBR) module shall ensure that participants are able to:

  1. Assess and determine single rescuer rescue strategy (relevant rescue method, technique, certified equipment and how to organise the rescue efforts and incident scene) for various rescue scenarios, in a WTG hub, spinner and inside a blade
  2. Apply rescue methods and techniques in performing descending and ascending single rescuer rescue operations, from a WTG hub, spinner and inside a blade using: a rescue stretcher and transfer board; manually operated lowering/raising rescue system for limited distance rescue (rescue device, pulley system or similar); and other rescue equipment relevant to the participant

Single Rescuer - Nacelle, Tower, Basement

The aim of this module is to enable the participants to perform single rescuer advanced rescue operations, in a WTG nacelle, tower and basement, by using industry standard rescue equipment, methods and techniques, exceeding those of GWO’s Working at Heights Standard.

Based on the participants NTBR Module qualifications, the single rescuer NTBR Module shall ensure that participants are able to:

  1. Assess and determine single rescuer rescue strategy (relevant rescue method, technique, certified equipment and how to organise the rescue efforts and incident scene) for various rescue scenarios, in a WTG nacelle, tower and basement
  2. Apply rescue methods and techniques in performing descending and ascending single rescuer rescue operations, from a WTG nacelle, tower and basement using a rescue stretcher and transfer board, manually operated and power-drivenlowering/raising rescue system (rescue device and pulley system or similar), and other rescue equipment relevant to the participants

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Upon completion of the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Advanced Rescue training (ART) participants will be able to access and rescue an injured person from the hub and the nacelle, tower, and basement section of a wind turbine. These training modules can be delivered independently of one another or as stand-alone training.

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