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Height Safety How to Develop a Rescue Plan



Rescue plans don't have to be complex. Employers should implement a rescue plan that includes procedures for:



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Height Safety How to Develop a Rescue Plan

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Working at height - How to Develop a Rescue PlanRescue plans don't have to be complex.Employers should implement a rescue plan that includes procedures for: · Preventing prolonged suspension · Performing rescue and treatment as quickly as possible · Identifying orthostatic intolerance signs and symptoms Management’s reasonability for safety needs to give careful consideration to the methodology of rescuing a fallen operative. Such considerations might include:Dialing 999 - Often we think of the word 'rescue' as calling 999, but calling the local fire brigade does not constitute an effective rescue plan. Response times can be too slow, and not all fire brigades have the capability to rescue from height.Crane Man Basket - This option has severe limitations, the main one being time. Target time from ‘Man Down’ to being recovered needs to be no more than five minutes. Other restrictions and shortcomings that make this a less than ideal solution are: (a) the crane is out of action for some reason, e.g. it may be ‘winded-off’; (b) the driver may be away from the crane (c) rescue by crane is limited to building façades and often is not able to provide access and rescue internal to the structure; (d) the crane man basket may be in the wrong location.MEWPs - This option for rescue can have its limitations such as available access and height restriction as the casualty may be at a height greater than the reach of the MEWP.Rope Access Rescue - Rope rescue requires a technical competency which demands a high level of training and re-training to acquire and retain this skill set. Given the limited time to complete a rescue, trained rope rescue personnel would need to be on[...]