Wind Turbine Safe Access and Rescue

Course Number: RET 103
Transcript Title: Wind Turb Safe Access/Rescue
Created: May 12, 2014
Updated: June 16, 2016
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F, P-NP (default)
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Provides the skills and information necessary to safely access and work at height on onshore wind turbines. Includes trainingin the use, care, and selection of emergency rescue and evacuation devices.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and mitigate risks involved when working on a wind turbine.
  2. Work safely at heights.
  3. Apply fall protection principles and correctly utilize Personal Fall Protection Equipment (PFPE).
  4. Perform emergency response techniques using a rescue and evacuation kit.
  5. Followhealth and safety governing body regulations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation is done via a written exam and a practical evaluation.

Course Activities and Design

Lecture and practical exercises are the instructional methods used.

Practical exercises include PFPE selection and inspection, work positioning, transitions, tethering, lanyard climb, suspension trauma mitigation, basic ladder rescue, evacuation, rescue transfer, and unreachable rescue.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Introduction –  safe access and rescue for wind turbines, wind turbine orientation, accidents and incidents
  2. Risk assessment – identify and mitigate hazards
  3. Standards and regulations – governing bodies and safety programs
  4. Fall protection forces – fall factors and clearance requirements
  5. Systems, subsystems, and components – PFPE, anchors, tethering, transition, inspection, documentation, maintenance, and operation.
  6. Occupational Rescue – suspension trauma, ladder rescue, evacuation, transfer, and rescue unreachable