This working at heights rescue flowchart:
Working at heights rescue of a worker refers to the process of safely retrieving someone who has fallen or becomes stranded in a high place. It is a highly technical and specialized form of rescue that requires specific training and rescue equipment to execute safely. Falls from heights are often fatal, and even when they are not, they can result in serious injuries that can leave a worker unable to return to their job. This is why it is so important for workers who work at heights to be properly trained in the work at height.
This working at heights rescue flowchart can be used to explain a process by which a rescue from height can be accomplished.
If a fall arrest system is to be used as a control measure or circumstances are possible where a worker requires rescue from height, a rescue plan is required. All relevant workers who may be affected by work at height rescue need to receive training and instruction about the rescue procedures and be deemed a competent person.
Note: The rescue procedures must be tested (e.g. practice rescue scenarios) and fall protection equipment checked to ensure their effectiveness before the commencement of any work at height.
Whenever using a fall arrest system while working at heights, the following rescue procedures can be applied to retrieve a fallen person.
Note: Before any work at height commences, all persons involved in the work at height should receive training on the use of mobile plant emergency control devices. If the emergency lowering device cannot be activated, either similar mobile plant is to be used to access and retrieve the fallen person.
Note: Do not ever place your own safety at risk when performing a rescue.
Suspension intolerance from being suspended in a harness can occur with a fall-arrest system, when a person has an arrested fall and is suspended in an upright position with the harness straps causing pressure on the leg veins.
To assist with the prevention of suspension intolerance occurring because of an arrested fall, workers must never work alone when using a fall arrest harness. Foothold straps should be attached to the fall arrest harness to allow workers to minimise stress points while suspended.
Note: It is very important to have a well-planned and practiced rescue plan in place at the work site before any work at heights is performed.