The Rescue plan requires answers to the following questions

Q- If an operative’s fall is arrested can they be rescued in under five minutes?

Q- How will you know that someone has fallen?

  • Will someone see it happen?
  • Co-workers
  • Other trades
  • Plant personnel
  • Members of the public

Q- What communication systems will be used between the suspended operative and the rescue team?

  • How will the operative call for help?
  • Voice
  • Whistle
  • Mobile Phone

Q- Who will the Co-worker call?

  • Nearest co-workers
  • Supervisor
  • Site Management
  • 999 Fire /ambulance where available

Q- Is information available? Who and how will it be communicated?

  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Site address
  • Directions and access for ambulance/fire vehicle or other emergency services
  • Which floor/how high up
  • Operative’s condition after fall

Q- How will the safety of the rescuers/ Casualty be assured ?

  • Are operatives trained and competent in the use of rescue equipment?
  • Is there sufficient number of trained personnel onsite?
  • Are rescue-training records kept up-to-date including any re-assessments?
  • Is the rescue equipment selected appropriate for the nature of the work?
  • What obstructions are in the way reaching the suspended operative?
  • Have assessments been made of anchor points?

Q- How will rescue workers get to the casualty?

  • Rescue Ladder System
  • Rescue Haul System
  • Keys to building and roof
  • Elevator
  • Pull casualty in through window or balcony
  • Pull casualty up to floor/slab/roof
  • Climb/abseil down the building/structure
  • Aerial equipment from ground
  • Suspended access equipment
  • Crane Man Basket

Q– How will rescue be assured within five minutes of the occurrence of a fall to minimize the risk of further injury or death due to suspension trauma? And, what rescue equipment is needed?

  • Rescue Ladder
  • Rescue Haul System
  • Toxic shock strap
  • Suspended access equipment
  • Ropes
  • Aerial ladder truck
  • MEWPS or scissor lift
  • Climbing/rope rescue equipment
  • Crane Man Basket
  • First aid kit
  • Stretcher available should casualty be seriously injured

Q- What if the operative is injured?

  • Can the casualty still be rescued within five minutes?
  • Is there a qualified first-aider who understands suspension trauma?
  • Who and how will the emergency services  be alerted?

Q- How will the public be protected?

  • Assign someone to direct traffic
  • Set up barriers

Q- How will the accident scene be protected?

  • Prevent further injury or damage
  • Set up barriers
  • Preserve wreckage
  • Aid investigation later

Q- Are there other considerations?

  • Working alone
  • Language barrier
  • Unusual features of building/structure
  • Wind
  • Other hazards
  • No emergency services nearby
  • Distance from rescue teams