Now that windmills have become ever increasing in the US. The chances of a rescue becomes more prevelent. These rescue situations from windmills can include workers involved with building or maintaining a windmill or who have been injured or have suffered a sudden illness. These rescues are hazardous in many ways.
Besides the obvious danger of working at height, windmills expose rescuers to hazards they may not normally encounter on the ground. The hazards on an electrical transmission involve not just the transmission lines themselves, but the generator power supply.
Windmill training must begin with the appropriate hazard awareness training. Whether it is awareness training on the hazards of power supply units or on the hazards associated with electrical transmission lines, no rescues or trainees should be permitted on an active windmill until they have had this training.
IEME has developed a training program for our rescue team to aid workers and maintenance crews on the rescue operations, to safely extract a victim of illness or injury from the the site.
Rescue Team Standby
An employer who designates a third party rescue and emergency service to provide elevated (high angle) rescue and emergency services shall take the following measures:
A. Evaluate a prospective rescuer’s ability to respond to a rescue summons in a timely manner.
B. Evaluate a prospective rescuer’s service ability: proficiency and equipment.
C. Inform rescue team of hazards and locations of where the workers will be, as well their contact information.
D. Provide the rescue team or service with access to all towers or structures.
The effort to select the correct equipment and to develop rescue technique is much more difficult than not. Because of the wide array of answers to this problem, OSHA is flexible. The objective of a timely and safe retrieval is to get the climber to safety. Investigate equipment suppliers and challenge their answers in terms of your specific needs. You may need to incorporate several rescue tools and techniques in your program to ensure that you, your employees and your contractors are protected from this hostile environment. Talk to other climbers, associations and companies sharing the problem. Experiment, test and confirm that your climbers can and will be rescued and returned to safety.
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