GWO Working at Height Refresher

  • The aim of this course is to provide individuals with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to refresh and maintain the required level of competence to: safely access wind turbines using fixed ladders; rescue a colleague from suspension in PFPE; escape from a wind turbine using an auto descender.

    It is designed to accommodate personnel working in both the onshore and offshore sectors.

    Course ID: GWO7
    Ratio: 4 students to 1 instructor (Maximum class size 12)
    Duration: 1 day


  • Person checking fall protection equipment


    Delegates shall be 18 years of age or over, be physically fit and have a head for heights. Delegates must hold a valid (not older than 24 months) GWO/RenewableUK approved Working at Height & Rescue training certificate.

    Who Should Attend

    Personnel who are new to the global wind industry or require GWO qualification for site access. This course is suitable for both onshore and offshore access requirements in conjunction with supplementary GWO BST training modules.

    Course Objectives & Content

    Underpinning knowledge:

    • Work at height - the main dangers, legislation, hazards and risk assessment
    • Planning operations - includes safe systems of work, rescue from nacelle/tower and emergency procedures
    • Characteristics and limitations of PFPE - harnesses, lanyards, travellers etc.
    • Requirements for inspection, storing and maintaining personal fall protective equipment
    • Selection and use of personal fall protection equipment
    • Climbing fixed ladders (min 15 m) fitted with fall arrest systems (Cabloc, LadSaf, Latchway, Glideloc)
    • Climbing with lanyards and associated safety equipment
    • Pre syncope (Suspension trauma) and post fall care
    • Rescue and escape equipment – characteristics and limitations (Milan 024 & 029, DBI-SALA® R550)
    • Emergency evacuation/escape techniques from the nacelle
    • Ladder rescue techniques
    • Nacelle rescue techniques (internal and external).
    • The rescue element of this course should be practiced annually.


    The course will provide the delegate with the knowledge and skills to complete the ‘Working at Height Refresher’ module of the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Basic Safety Training (BST) requirements. The GWO Working at Height Refresher certificate is valid for 2 years, after which a refresher training will be necessary. 3M will notify you when your certificate is due for renewal


    • Health and safety at work act 1974
    • GWO training Standards
    • The Working at Height Regulations 2005 (UK – or equivalent regional legislation)
    • BS 8437 CoP for the selection, use and maintenance of fall protection systems and equipment
    • BS 8454 CoP for delivery of training for work at height


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