Fall Protection Rescue
Through the use of standard industrial rescue equipment, Texas Rope Rescue demonstrates how to perform fall protection rescues. Specialized equipment or training is not required to rescue a person hanging on their fall arrest system and this rope rescue curriculum is compliant to 1910.132, 1915.159, and 1926.503.
OSHA and NIOSH have identified the dangers and potential lethal consequences of hanging on the fall arrest without support – they address this Orthostatic Intolerance or Suspension Trauma.
Under 29 CFR 1926.502 (d) (Fall Protection Systems Criteria and Practices), OSHA requires that employers provide for “prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure that employees are able to rescue themselves.” This should include identifying industrial rescue procedures that address the potential for orthostatic intolerance and suspension trauma. Rescue procedures also should address how the rescued worker will be handled to avoid any post-rescue injuries.
Fall protection rescue training can provide individuals with the necessary skills to perform a speedy rescue in the event of an emergency. Though it’s always good to have essential supplies on hand, controlling specialized equipment might actually delay this required “prompt rescue”.
Texas Rope Rescue approaches fall protection rescue training and suspension trauma/orthostatic intolerance incidents with techniques and gear the rescuer is already familiar with from performing previous rope rescue operations. Texas Rope Rescue practices quick identification of the situations, rapid deployment of rescuer and equipment, the controlled descent of patient, and the initial industrial first aid until help arrives.