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Course Title:   Basic rescue from fall arrest system

Description:   The training will enable participants to take responsibility for inspection and installation of fall arrest systems and for implementing fall protection plans and rescues.

Duration:             2 Day

Audience:             Employees, Supervisors, SHE Representatives, Appointed Rescue Personnel

  • Range of fall arrest equipment and knowledge of applicable regulations. 

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    • Fall body harness and a work positioning system.
    • Identification of a full range of fall arrest equipment.
    • Limitations and use of fall arrest equipment and fall arrest connectors.
    • The risks of using non-energy absorbing lanyard.
    • Use of a fall arrest system on a rigid and flexible anchorage line.
    • Rescue equipment.
  • Basic rope knots. 

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    • Knots required for fall arrest – figure 8 stopper, double figure 8, figure 8 on a bight, klemheist.
    • Equipment like rope grabs, pulleys, fall arrest winch, rigging plates, ropes, edge protectors.
    • Tying of a klemheist knot.
  • Install and use fall arrest systems. 

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    • Demonstrations of installations of horizontal and vertical lifelines according to manufacturer’s recommendations, the number of people and the suitability of anchor points.
    • Safe use of anchors – cross-loading connectors, selecting anchors and safe angles of attachment for slings.
    • Meeting minimum free space clearance requirements or the use of retractable lifelines.
    • Switchover to a lifeline from a double lanyard.
    • Requirements of a permanent fall arrest system.
    • Ways to reduce the fall distance.
  • Inspecting and assembling fall arrest equipment and systems. 

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    • Personal fall arrest equipment and Personal Protective Equipment assembling and inspection.
    • Standard worksite procedures in reporting suspect fall arrest equipment.
    • Legal and safety reasons barring repairing of equipment without manufacturer’s approval.
    • Need for use of certified and identified fall arrest equipment.
    • Differences between an activated energy absorbing lanyard and an intact lanyard.
    • Equipment storage and inspection records.
  • Interpreting and implementing a fall protection plan. 

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    • The purpose and components of a fall protection plan.
    • Duties of a person supervising a team.
    • Possible hazards associated with work at height and worksites – clearance, minimum free space, falling objects, moving objects, heat, fumes, and weather-conditions.
    • The safety effect of weather and physical conditions
    • The need for updating and adapting a fall protection plan.
  • Performing basic fall arrest rescues to bring a casualty down to safety. 

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    • Anchoring Rope rescue system securely to safe anchor points, correct tying and use of all the basic knots.
    • Descending of rope using a double locking action-descending device.
    • Assisted rope rescue of a conscious casualty.
    • Unassisted rope rescue of an unconscious casualty suspended in space as well as alternatives to rope rescues.
    • Ways and reasons for maintaining communication with a casualty.
    • Causes and risks of suspension.
    • Applying First Aid and immediately calling for medical back-up and issues pertaining to potential injury and locations.
  • Course Notes 

    Learner will be capable to understand and explain relevant aspects of the following:

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    • Use of a range of fall arrest equipment and knowledge of applicable regulations.
    • Use of basic rope knots.
    • Installing and use of fall arrest systems.
    • Interpreting and implementing a fall protection plan.
    • Performing basic fall arrest rescues to bring a casualty down to safety
    • Inspecting and assembling fall arrest equipment and systems.