RESCUE PLANFALL PROTECTION PROGRAMIMPORTANT: This document is intendedto provide guidance only for developingsite-specific rescue plans for workingat heights.
FALL PROTECTION PROGRAMRESCUE PLANThis document is intended to provide guidance only fordeveloping site-specific rescue plans for working at heights.1.0 PURPOSEThe purpose of this rescue template is to establish corporate-wide guidelines for respondingto falls from height. This rescue plan is intended to reduce risks to an employee’s health aftera fall arrest event. The rescue plan should also minimize the amount of at-risk behavior of therescuer during the rescue attempt, and help to ensure that the rescue is conducted promptlyin a safe and professional manner.2.0 APPLICATION2.1 This rescue plan applies to all locations where personnel are employed to work at height.2.2 The requirements of this rescue plan must be observed by all personnel involved inworking at heights.2.3 This rescue plan must be reviewed or included in any job safety analysis or pre-taskplanning for activities that require working at heights.3.0 DEFINITIONS3.1 RESCUE PLAN: A strategy or procedure, planned in advance, to safely retrieve a personwho has fallen from an elevated work surface and is suspended in a full body harness. Thisincludes self-rescue or mechanically aided rescue.3.2 SELF RESCUE: An act or instance of an employee using his fall protection equipment torescue him or herself.3.3 MECHANICALLY AIDED RESCUE: A strategy or procedure, planned in advance, to safelyretrieve a person who has fallen from an elevated work surface using mechanical means.3.4 SUSPENSION TRAUMA: A serious medical condition that can lead to unconsciousness,injury or death, which can occur when a worker is suspended in a harness for too longafter a fall.3.5 PROMPT RESCUE: The recommended goal for rescue subject contact is less than sixminutes, per ANSI Z359.2-6.1.1
FALL PROTECTION PROGRAM4.0 RESPONSIBILITIES4.1 EMPLOYEES: Must be trained in and familiar with the Fall Protection Program. Must understand and be able to evaluate the risks associated with working at heights. Must be trained and competent in the use of fall protection equipment prior toconducting work at heights. Must report unsafe conditions or behaviors to the Person-In-Charge. Must be familiar with and understand the company’s rescue plan to provide promptrescue in the event of an arrested fall event.4.2 AUTHORIZED RESCUER: Must be trained by a competent rescuer trainer before being exposed to a fall hazard orpotential rescue application. Must be re-trained when the nature of the work, workplace, or methods of control orrescue change to an extent that prior training is no longer adequate. Must be trained on how to inspect, anchor, assemble and use the fall protection andrescue equipment used in locations where employees work. Training must includephysical demonstrations by trainees. Training must include at least the following:o Fall hazard recognition;o Fall hazard elimination and control methods;o Applicable fall protection and rescueregulations;o How to use written fall protection andrescue procedures;o Inspection of equipment components andsystems before use. Refresher training must occur at least every twoyears for the authorized rescuer to stay current withfall protection and rescue educational requirementsper ANSI. Must be evaluated by a competent rescuer orcompetent rescuer trainer at least annually to ensurecompetency of the duties assigned. This evaluationmust include both a written examination and aphysical demonstration of usage of all equipment theperson is authorized to operate.2
FALL PROTECTION PROGRAM4.0 RESPONSIBILITIES4.3 COMPETENT RESCUER: Must be trained by a competent rescuer trainer. Must be trained on how to inspect, anchor, assemble and use the fall protection andrescue equipment used in locations where employees work. Training must includephysical demonstrations by trainees. Training must include use of all types of equipment and systems used in locationswhere rescues may be required, including inspection of systems prior to use, installation,component compatibility, descent control, secondary systems, packaging methods,dismantling, storage and the common hazards associated with each system andcomponent. Training must include at least the following information:o Fall hazard elimination and control methods;o Applicable fall protection and rescue regulations;o Assessment of fall hazards to determinerescue methods;o Responsibilities of designated personsunder this standard;o Detailed inspection and recording ofrescue equipment components andsystems;o Rescue systems assessment anddetermination of when a system is unsafe;o Development of written fall protectionrescue procedures;o Selection and use of non-certifiedanchorages. Refresher training for Competent PersonRescuers must be conducted at least every yearper ANSI.3
FALL PROTECTION PROGRAM5.0 PROCEDURE5.1 A rescue plan must be a part of the Job Safety Analysis for any job that requires workat height. The rescue plan must include consideration of the following rescue types andcircumstances:5.1.1 SELF RESCUE: If the person working at heights has properly selected and used his or her fallprotection equipment, 90% of workers will be able to perform a Self Rescue, whichshould include these steps:1. Climbing back up to the level from which he fell (from a few inches to 2-3feet).2. Returning to the floor or ground to be evaluated for possible medicalattention per OSHA.3. Removing all components of fall arrest system impacted by the fall eventfrom service and documenting (bag and tag) the components with name,date and activity at time of fall and giving the equipmentto management.5.1.2 ASSISTED SELF RESCUE WITH MECHANICALLY AIDED HAULING/ROPE SYSTEM: If self-rescue is not possible, than an Assisted Self Rescue will be needed. Thefollowing guidelines should be used during a mechanically aided rescue:1. The Capital Safety Rollgliss R550 or other compliant rescue and descentdevice will be secured to an anchor that is rated for at least 3,000 lbs.2. The haul line may be swung over orlowered to the fallen worker, who willgrab the rescue lifeline snap hook andsecure it to the appropriate D-ring on hisbody support. A positive connection tothe D-ring must be verified by one of therescue team members.3. The rescue team will raise or lower thefallen employee to the appropriate workplatform or ground and provide medicalaid as required by OSHA.4. Remove all components of fall arrestsystem impacted by the fall event fromservice and document (bag and tag) thecomponents with name, date and activityat time of fall and give the equipmentto management.4
FALL PROTECTION PROGRAM5.0 PROCEDURE5.1.3 MECHANICALLY AIDED *(UNCONSCIOUS) WITH HAULING/ROPE SYSTEM: If the worker’s injuries prevent the worker from attaching to the rescue system, bothself-rescue and assisted self-rescue are not options, and a fully Assisted Rescue isnecessary:1. The Capital Safety Rollgliss R550 or other compliant rescue and descentdevice will be secured to an anchor that is rated for at least 3,000 lbs.2. A rescue team member must attach the haul line to the worker’s fall arrestsystem. This can be performed by accessing the fallen worker and thenattaching the rescue system directly to a D-ring on the worker’s harness,or by using a rescue pole for the attachment. The rescue team could alsoattach a rescue grab to the lanyard or vertical lifeline.3. The rescue team must raise or lower the fallen worker to the appropriatework platform or ground and provide medical aid as required by OSHA.4. Remove all components of fall arrest system impacted by the fall eventfrom service and document (bag and tag) the components with name, dateand activity at time of fall and give the equipment to management.5.1.4 ASSISTED RESCUE WITH MECHANICALLY AIDED AERIAL LIFT: If Another means of performing a fully Assisted Rescue is to use an aerial lift underthe following guidelines:1. A rescuer will get into the aerial lift and make sure there is a second fallprotection device, such as a shock absorbing lanyard or self-retractinglifeline available for the fallen worker.2. The aerial lift must be maneuvered into position (raised up underneath thefallen worker) so that the rescuer can perform the rescue.3. Attach the second lanyard or self-retracting lifeline in the aerial lift to thefallen worker.4. Disconnect the rescued worker from the impacted fall arrest equipment.5. Lower the worker to the ground and provide medical aid as required byOSHA.6. Remove all components of fall arrest system impacted by the fall eventfrom service and document (bag and tag) the components with name, dateand activity at time of fall and give the equipment to management.5
FALL PROTECTION PROGRAMRESCUE PLANThis document is intended to provide guidance only for developing site-specific rescue plans for working at heights.DATE: JOB DESCRIPTION:LOCATION:CONTACTSRescuer(s):Competent Person:Emergency Contact:Method of Contact:PAVerbal/Face to FaceRadio Channel:Phone Number:Other:RESCUE EQUIPMENTLadderCRITICAL RESCUE FACTORSAnchor Point:Rescue PoleRescue RopeScaffoldCraneAerial LiftAlternative Lifting &LoweringDeviceRSQLanding Area:First Aid KitLife RingRPDRescue Obstructions or Hazards:R550Location of Equipment:JobsiteGang BoxTool BoxOther:Other:CHECK FOR YESCOMMENTSHave alternatives to using fall arrest equipment been considered?Has rescue equipment been inspected and in good shape?Is equipment adequate for the rescue plan?Have communication devices been identified, located and tested?Are all rescuers familiar with the use of the rescue equipment?If working over water, is there a boat available?Describe the tasks that will be done prior to work to prevent a fall and the step-by-step process to be followed in the event of a fall.PRE-WORK TASKS:RESPONSE PROCEDURE:1)1) Notify Emergency Contact.2)2) Make medical assessment of person.3)3) If possible, have employee perform self-rescue.4)4)5)5)6)6)
3M Fall ProtectionPersonal Safety Division3833 SALA WayRed Wing, MN 55066 USAPhone 800-328-6146Email [email protected] 3M.com/FallProtection 2017 3M Fall ProtectionApril 2017, Rev: A