Working at Heights- Rescue Plan
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:
- If the fallen worker appears injured by the fall, alert 911 and continue with the rescue.
- Set up additional ladder or ladders to reach the fallen/suspended worker.
- Rig a separate lifeline for the rescuer(s) to use while carrying out the rescue.
- If the fallen worker is hanging from a lanyard, attach a lowering line to the harness.
- 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.
- Once the fallen worker has reached safety, follow up with first aid protocols.
- Transport to a hospital if necessary.