GWO Standards

Advanced Rescue Training Standard

Version 1.0
October 1, 2018

This standard controls the risks associated with rescue operations, ensuring a more efficient rescue operation from a wind turbine. The training elevates rescuer self-reliance and enables successful transport of a colleague who cannot self-evacuate, to an assembly point until professional emergency responders arrive. The modules teach entry-type casualty rescue operations in a turbine using industry standard rescue equipment, rescue methods and techniques, exceeding those of GWO Working at heights. The standard consists of two main modules and a single rescuer version of each.

Nacelle, Tower & Basement Rescue

The learning objectives of the Nacelle, Tower & Basement Rescue module are designed to ensure that delegates' ability to:
  • Assess and determine rescue strategy (relevant rescue method, technique, certified equipment, and required personnel) for various rescue scenarios, from the nacelle, tower or basement of a wind turbine generator (WTG)
  • Assess and determine evacuation strategy during a rescue operation, attending to a clear and preferred evacuation route for the injured person outside or inside the 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 national and local requirements and/or procedures for helicopter rescue in a WTG, including preparing the injured person, preparing the WTG, the Heli-pad safe zones and safe behaviour
  • Explain and control common risks of hazardous energies and common hazards of enclosed space areas,when performing rescue operations
  • Apply rescue methods and techniques in performing descending and ascending rescue operations, from a WTG nacelle, tower and basement, using a rescue stretcher and spineboard, manually and power-driven lowering/raising rescue system (rescue device,pulley system or similar)
  • Fit a harness and other PPE (e.g. helmet, safety glasses) onto an injured person, in an enclosed space
  • Package an injured person onto a rescue stretcher and spineboard in a vertical or horizontal configuration, enabling safe transportation, by conducting regular checks, using rescue equipment such as 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

Hub, Spinner & Inside Blade Rescue

The learning objectives of the Advanced Rescue Training Hub Module are to ensure delegates' ability able 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

Single Rescuer - Hub, Spinner & Inside Blade

The objectives of the Single Rescuer - Hub, Spinner & Inside Blade module are to ensure delegates' ability to:
  • Assess and determine single rescuer rescue strategy (relevant rescue method, technique, certified equipment and how to organize the rescue efforts and incident scene) for various rescue scenarios
  • Apply rescue methods and techniques in performing descending and ascending single rescuer rescue operations, from a wind turbine generator (WTG) using a rescue stretcher and spineboard, manually operated and power-driven lowering/raising rescue system (rescue device and pulley system or similar), and other relevant rescue equipment

Single Rescuer - Nacelle, Tower, Basement

The objectives of the Single Rescuer - Hub, Spinner & Inside Blade module are to ensure delegates' ability to:
  • Assess and determine single rescuer rescue strategy (relevant rescue method, technique, certified equipment and how to organize the rescue efforts and incident scene) for various rescue scenarios
  • Apply rescue methods and techniques in performing descending and ascending single rescuer rescue operations, from a wind turbine generator (WTG) using a rescue stretcher and spineboard, manually operated and power-driven lowering/raising rescue system (rescue device and pulley system or similar), and other relevant rescue equipment

Delegates receive four certificates if they complete the hub, spinner, inside blade rescue + nacelle & tower rescue modules + both single rescuer modules

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Advanced Rescue Training Standard V1.0

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