Our GWO Work at Heights course is carried out at our training facility in Kent in the South East of the UK, fully accredited by the Global Wind Organisation as one of the 5 modules of the Basic Safety Training Standard (BST) and taught by expert instructors with experience in the industry.
The aim of this course is to give the participants the necessary basic knowledge and skills through theoretical and practical training to use basic PPE and perform safe work at heights and safe and comprehensive basic rescue from heights in a remote wind turbine environment.
Duration: 2 days Trainer to Delegate Ratio: 1:4 Location: Sheerness Certificate Validity: 2 years
The BST Working at Heights Module shall ensure that the delegates are able to demonstrate:
Knowledge of hazards and risks associated with working at height specific to a wind turbine generator
Understanding of current national legislation regarding working at heights
Correct identification of PPE, including identification of European/Global standard markings
The knowledge and skills to correctly inspect, service, store and correctly fit relevant PPE
Correct use of the relevant PPE, e.g. harnesses fall arrest lanyards, guided type fall arresters and work positioning lanyards. This includes correct identification of anchor points and correct conduct on ladder
Correct use of evacuation devices
How to approach rescue situations in WTGs and use rescue equipment efficiently
Course Objectives – Day 1
Legislation(HSAWA / WAHR / MHSWR / PUWER / PPER)
HarnessPre-use inspection correct donning
Vertical Fall Arrest Systems Demonstrate correct use of VFAS
Work Position Lanyards
Self Retractable LifelinesPendulum swing
Fall Arrest Lanyards Clearance required under user
Practical Exercises “Y” versus “V” demonstrate correct use of lanyards
Anchor Points Safe / unsafe zones in WTG Nacelles
Workshop: Risk and Hazards Discuss hazards in the WTG sector
Emergency Procedures Demonstrate safe and correct use of constant rate descenders Milan A-020 and Milan A-024 (Rescue)
Course Objectives – Day 2
PPE Review Typical rescue kit found in WTG
Rescue Devices Review of Milans
Suspension Trauma Description, cause and treatment
Basic rescue exercises Rescue from ladders – using the Milan A-024 from casualty’s work positioning lanyard fall arrest lanyard vertical rescue system
All personnel participating in GWO Basic Safety Training shall be medically fit and capable of fully participating. Delegates will be required to sign a statement stating that they are medically fit to participate in the safety training and that they do not suffer from any medical illness or are under influence of any narcotic substance or alcohol.
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Suitable clothing for outdoor training at height
Any work at height PPE if in possession and within valid statutory inspection
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Height and Rescue Training
The Global Wind Organisation is an association of Wind Turbine owners and manufacturers with the aim of supporting an injury-free work environment in the wind industry. In response to the demand for recognisable Basic Safety Training (BST) in the industry the members of the GWO have developed a safety standard. The standard ensures that the work of any certified Training Provider is competent and proficient. To obtain GWO approval, organizations are subject to an in-depth audit process performed by an accredited Certification Body.