Considerations for Rescue and Working at Height

Rescue Kit is an essential part of any work-at-height task.

The ability of the staff to use it correctly is also essential

It will never be in your plan to have medical emergencies or accidents, but they happen.

Having the ability to mitigate the effects of an incident is a critical part of the planning and risk assessment procedure.

A few questions to ask yourself during the planning may be as follows.

  • Are staff competent to work at height? Can you prove this through training records and certification from a reputable training organisation or association?
  • Is the work-at-height equipment selected for the task suitable, inspected and in date?
  • Are the anchorages suitable, or if installed anchors are used, have they been inspected in accordance with requirements?
  • Have work areas been set up and signage warning of overhead work set out?
  • Do workers have suitable tool tethering to prevent dropped items injuring personnel below or damaging plant?
  • Has a dedicated rescue kit been allocated to the task, and rescue plan conveyed to the work party?

These are examples of some of the questions that should be asked, this is not an exhaustive list.

The below kits are examples of pre-rigged rescue kits that are easy to use and quick to
deploy, thus reducing rescue times.

Training is ESSENTIAL in the equipment and techniques.

IKAR Rescue Kit Petzl Jag Rescue Kit
For advice and supply on rescue kits, give QAB Systems a call.