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Working at Heights- Rescue Plan

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Health & Safety Moment:

Working at Heights training is now mandatory in Ontario. As an employer, one of the key aspects that you are responsible for is ensuring that a rescue plan is in place should a worker fall.

911 is not a rescue plan, however it may be an important component of the plan. A quick response is essential. The fallen worker may have sustained injuries; if the worker is suspended from a harness, it may cut off blood circulation and increase the potential for blood clots, which could lead to an embolism or even a stroke.

It is essential to get the worker down safely, in a timely manner, and to follow up with first aid, or even a hospital visit.

Here is a prototype rescue plan for a ladder rescue:

  1. If the fallen worker appears injured by the fall, alert 911 and continue with the rescue.
  2. Set up additional ladder or ladders to reach the fallen/suspended worker.
  3. Rig a separate lifeline for the rescuer(s) to use while carrying out the rescue.
  4. If the fallen worker is hanging from a lanyard, attach a lowering line to the harness.
  5. If more than one rescuer is present, other rescuers should lower the fallen worker to the ground while the ladder rescuer helps guide the fallen worker safely.
  6. Once the fallen worker has reached safety, follow up with first aid protocols.
  7. Transport to a hospital if necessary.

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