Northern Ireland’s very first Practical Tower Crane Rescue Course held recently at Altnagelvin Hospital for Farrans Construction
A crucial part of any safe system of work is to ensure that there is a suitable and effective emergency plan in place.
Tower cranes present a unique difficulty in responding to emergencies due to not only the height but the access and egress of those involved. Staff trained in specialist equipment and knowledge in rescues from height is essential to ensure that the requirements under Health and Safety legislation are met.
The nominated staff members were trained in the safe and effective use of onsite rescue equipment to enable a successful rescue from a tower crane or any other structure where height is a factor.
Read the full Tower Crane Rescue Course Overview
The video displays an example of 1 rescue method where the operator can self rescue using the ID (Industrial Descender) carrying a backup safety system. The anchor point is to the rear of the Crane and using the single line the operator rappels automatically to the safety of the ground. This type of scenario is to simulate a fire or other emergency where the operator is fully conscious however cannot escape down the internal ladder of the crane.
The Tower Crane Rescue course delivered by ITS at the Altnagelvin North Wing site was positively received by all attendees of the course. There was adequate theory content in the morning directly relevant and tailored to the needs of the site. The practical in the afternoon was enjoyable and again tailored to suit the needs of our site. We mocked up a few rescues of an operative falling from scaffold while wearing a fall arrest harness and then moved onto the rescue of a tower crane operator in various scenarios from mildly sick to fully incapacitated. This was again tailored to suit the Tower Cranes we have on the North Wing site and included the fitting of harness, removal of operator from cab onto rear jib and then decent of the operator to the ground. All the guys who were willing to descend from the crane jib using the decent equipment had great fun.
David Bolton Farrans
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