From time to time we are asked if we can provide method statement templates. Unfortunately these have to be unique and created by yourselves as is applicable to your site, working conditions, equipment and operatives capabilities. It just isn’t possible to have a one size fits all generic method statement.
However we have tried to help by taking the frame work from the planning section of our (73 page) Red Rescue Book and created a guide template for rescue planning, this we hope will get your creative juices flowing. At worst if you use this template as is, it will be better than having nothing planned in the event of needing to carry out a rescue at height.
Recommendations for Height Safety Rescue
It is essential that people who work at height together with their co‐workers and are at risk of falling have the capacity to perform rescue for their co‐workers quickly, whilst being safe, minimising the effects of suspension trauma in the critical time it takes to recover someone.
Many safety professionals naturally assume that once a fall has been arrested then the fall protection system has successfully completed its job. Unfortunately, this is not the case. An operative suspended in an upright position with the legs dangling in a harness of any type is subject to suspension trauma and orthostatic intolerance.
Fall victims can slow the onset of suspension trauma by pushing down vigorously with the legs, by positioning their body in a slight leg-high position or, by standing up using a rescue step. Harness design and fall injuries may prevent these actions.
Danger for those providing rescue
In any intense stressful situations the “mind fog” settles in, depriving us of the ability to think straight and potentially putting ourselves in a position of extreme risk. The number of people who are killed or injured as a result of trying to help a colleague or friend who has fallen from height almost exceeds the original number of casualties in the first place.
Work site projects and trades require workers to be trained to achieve a high standard of competence in order to work safely at height In depth knowledge of the equipment and safety concerns can not only improve an operator’s confidence and efficiency but will also save lives and prevent serious injuries.
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