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Rescue plans are compulsory when working at height. Here’s why.

What is a rescue plan? Find out why it is essential to have one when working at height, what it should include, and the consequences of not having one. Ensure safety and compliance with a well-crafted rescue plan.

A working at height rescue plan is a pre-planned procedure that is designed to be used in the event of a fall from height. Any company, business or workplace where employees work from height should have a rescue plan in place.
When workers are working at height, fall arrest systems should be used to protect them in the event of a fall. A fall arrest system is a body holding device that is connected to a reliable anchor. If the worker falls, the system should arrest and restrict, which should stop the fall before the worker hits the ground or another surface. The worker will then be suspended above the ground in a harness.

In activities, tasks and operations that require a fall arrest system, a working at height rescue plan is required by law. The plan enables the worker to be rescued as quickly as possible.

The plan is designed to safely retrieve any individual who has fallen from a height and is suspended in a harness. It is designed to prevent serious injury and provides information regarding the type of equipment that can be used in the retrieval process and where this equipment is located.

A working at height rescue plan must be accurately planned, supervised and executed by a person, or persons, who are suitable for the job.