Fall Protection User/Rescue

Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite.

Course Length: 6-8 hours – Course length shall vary depending on the number of delegates. Total course time includes breaks and meals.

Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor shall be thirty-five (35) in the classroom session and twenty (20) in the practical session. A second instructor shall be added for the practical session once the participation exceeds twenty (20) and exercises will be divided into groups.

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Course Objective

  • Provide delegates assigned to work at height and rescue duties the necessary skills to safely perform their jobs.
  • Discuss types of falls and associated dangers, injuries.
  • Discuss common fall protection systems utilized.
  • Review PPE considerations
  • Describe/discuss personal fall arrest systems.
  • Perform pre-use inspection procedures.
  • Inform personnel of the regulations regarding fall protection rescue.
  • Provide the relevant information associated with the development and implementation of a fall protection rescue plan.
  • Discuss the types of rescue equipment available and how to respond to a rescue situation.
  • Demonstrate proper use of rescue equipment.
  • Delegates should be able to demonstrate the necessary skills during practical examination and demonstrate knowledge during written examination.

Course Design

  • Power Point© / Lecture / Audio Video / Visual Aids
  • Practical Exercises

Successful Course Completion

  • Requires a minimum score of 75% or better.
  • Grades shall be calculated by dividing the number of questions answered correctly by the total number of exam questions.
  • Delegates will have no more than thirty (30) minutes to complete the exam.
  • Successful completion of practical session is mandatory.

Course Content Summary

  • Classroom
  • Practicals

Breaks: 10 minutes (approximately every hour)

Lunch: 1 Hour

Course Outline
About Fall Protection

  • OSHA Statistics
  • Common Reasons for Falls
  • Key Historical Event
    • Golden Gate Bridge
      • Start of the Safety Movement
  • Fall Protection Video “Gravity Kills”

Types of Falls

  • Falls From Same Level
    • Slips, Trips
  • Falls From Elevation
  • What Makes Falls Dangerous
    • Free-Fall Distance
    • Free-Distance Example
    • Free-Fall Distance Calculations
    • Total Fall Distance Calculations
  • Factors in Fall Severity
    • Shock Absorbing Lanyards
    • Arresting Force with Example

Fall Protection

  • Requirements
    • General Industry
    • Construction Industry
  • Employee Training Criteria
  • Anchor Point Criteria
  • Anchor Point Examples
  • Anchorage Placement
    • Beam Anchorage
      • Beam Clamps
      • Beam Straps
  • Body Harness
    • Characteristics
    • Components
    • Donning
  • Body Belt
  • Positioning Device
  • Fall Arrest Lanyards
    • Different Types
    • Characteristics
  • Body Harness/Lanyard Inspection
    • Fall Protection Inspection Video
  • Connectors
    • Snap Hooks
      • Different Types
  • Deceleration Devices
    • Different Types
    • Characteristics
  • Rope Grab
  • Horizontal Life Line
  • Climbing Technique
  • Safety Nets

Fall Protection Safety

  • Employee Responsibilities
  • Hazard Assessments
  • Control Measures
    • Engineering Controls
    • Administrative Controls
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Rescue Plan
  • Suspension Trauma
    • Symptoms
    • Effects on the Body
    • How to Avoid
  • Self-Rescue
  • General Precautions When Working at Elevation

About Fall Rescue

  • What is Fall Rescue?
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Employee Responsibilities
  • Orthostatic Intolerance
  • How long can someone stay suspended?
  • Importance of Rescue Planning

Fall Rescue

  • Rescue Plan Contents
  • Rescue Plan Considerations
  • Post Fall Procedures
  • Medical Considerations
    • Suspended Victim
    • Rescued Victim
  • Types of Rescues
    • Self-Rescue
      • Deployable Ladders
      • Descent Devices
    • Assisted Rescue
      • Evacuation Harness
      • Self-Retracting Lanyards
      • Personnel Hoist
      • Rescue Pole/Remote Hook
        • Components/Use
        • Synthetic Rope & Tackle Box
    • Professional Rescue

Practical Session
Practical training shall utilize common fall protection equipment.
Practical shall verify that the delegate can complete the following:

  • Select and wear appropriate PPE during practical training
  • Conduct proper pre-use inspection of PPE and fall protection equipment
  • Don a full body harness properly
  • Select and use fall protection lanyard/deceleration device
  • Operate a deceleration device properly
  • Select and use proper anchor points
  • Identify and select proper rescue equipment
  • Perform an assisted rescue
  • Properly store equipment / PPE

Training Center Provided Material

  • PPE
  • Fall Protection Equipment

Delegate Requirements

  • Must possess good physical health as the practical training is physical demanding.

Reference Material / Documents
OSHA 29 CFR 1926.500-503
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.66 App C
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z359 Standard

  • Course ID #: MA027


Mar 04 2024


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