Pylon Climbing & Rescue

Course Particulars

Course Code: WAHA/PU-PCR1003

Duration: 3 Days

Student/Instructor Ratio: 8:1

Training Compliance: HSA, HSA, OSHA.

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Course Aim

This course provides the delegate with legislation

Knowledge & HSE, Operator & MATS guidance involving activities on large wide base and 40+ meter structures specific to Power Generation Towers (Pylons).

This training course provides, through theory and practical exercises, the skills needed for proficiency in safe, advanced work at height and advanced rescue within the industrial pylon tower environment for large base structures and 40+ meter towers.

It is recommended for persons who work at height on, towers and who are in positions of responsibility and need to manage safety and respond to emergencies at height, or are required to coordinate and/or implement written company Risk Assessments, Method Statements and Rescue procedures.

Understand the hazards associated to on-site ergonomics operations both on the ground and working on the tower.

This training also focuses on providing the competent person with a depth of knowledge of the compliance requirements for implementing fall protection and rescue systems on the work site. Competent climbers will also gain a strong foundation in climbing and rescue procedures and communication protocol of accepted industrial rescue practices. This course will also go through workplace awareness ergonomics covering both ground operations and at height operations focusing on prevention of personal injuries.

Hand signal communication protocol of accepted lifting and lowering of equipment on towers.

Scenario Based Training: The exercises presented in this course are a combination of classroom discussion and demonstration scenarios, major equipment application scenarios done in controlled surroundings, and skill application scenarios performed at height within multiple telecom environments.

Learning Objectives;

  • In depth knowledge in Advanced Climber/Rescuer roles and responsibilities for safe work at height
  • In depth knowledge in Advanced Climber/Rescuer roles and responsibilities for rescue at height
  • Implement a safe work environment for Advanced climbers under your direct management.
  • Site self-sufficiency when responding to emergencies at height.
  • Understand the importance of decisive action under a fast and effective response
  • Rendering aid specific to at height emergency situations.
  • Implementing through leadership a rescue procedure effectively within ICS protocol
  • Ergonomic awareness both ground and at height operations

Topics covered Include;

  • Local and EU Legislation
  • Introduction to Operations on advanced 5+ Meter Base Towers.
  • Hazard Identification
  • Manual Handling Ground Operations
  • Risk Assessment Documentation
  • Method Statement Documentation
  • Site Rescue Planning Requirements
  • Fall protection Systems Types
  • RF Safety Awareness
  • Suspension Syndrome
  • Lifting and Lowering Hand Signals
  • Ergonomic Awareness on Towers
  • Climbing Protocol and Procedures
  • Rescue Protocol and Procedures
  • Suspended Horizontal Aid Climbing Skills
  • Suspend Rope Ascending Rope Skills
  • Suspend Rope Descending Rope Skills
  • Suspend Rope Transfer Skills
  • Step Rescue skills Protocols
  • Outside to Inside Rescue skills protocols
  • Major incident and Safety Management
  • Ergonomics Awareness Rescue
  • Advanced Trauma at Height
  • Standard Rigging and Hauling Techniques
  • Anchor Point’s
  • Leadership and Rescue – leading a multi-person rescue


All Delegates will be evaluated in accordance with local legislation and Guidelines on the main objectives for sea survival training. 

Working at Height limited practical training exercises are implemented under a “Skills Based Evolution Process” which the student experiences as a layering approach, where by a basic foundation is established and through reaffirmation and confirmation additional practical skills are applied to effectively demonstrate and apply through hands on experiences the complexities of work and rescue at height achieving success through confidence by all who participate.

Reaffirmation through testing is applied with the addition of correction to 100%. This unique philosophy in learning ensures all incorrectly answered test questions are tabled under whole group discussion to ensure maximum retention and understanding by all students.

All training in conducted in accordance with:

  • Health & Safety Authority – Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 – Ireland
  • European Agency for Safety & Health at Work – Framework Directive (89/391EEC) – European Union
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration USA
  • Health and Safety Executive UK

Course duration: This is a two-day course for experienced trainers with an existing training qualification.

Additional Information

Certified PPE is required for this course.

Course Participation Method

In-Person only

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for any person climbing a pylon as part of their day-to-day work. This course has the minimum basic knowledge that will enable them to work in a safe manner in power generation industry.

Certification & Assessment

Delegates who successfully complete the course will receive a Working at Height Limited Certificate in Pylon Work at Height & Rescue.

Assessment Method

  1. 40 Multiple Choice Questions.
  2. Practical Skills Assessment
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