GWO basic course: course content

GWO working at heights basic course (duration 2 days, 2 trainers)

Content:

Day 1: Theory section

  • Legal basis

    • Legislation / training

      • Worldwide
      • Europe
      • Germany

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) in general

    • Helmet
    • Gloves
    • Respiratory protection
    • Hearing protection
    • and much more

  • Personal fall protection equipment (PFPE)

    • The individual components and their appropriate use

      • Harness
      • Energy absorber
      • Safety rope
      • Fastener elements
      • Personal protective equipment against falls from a height with rigid anchor line
      • Personal protective equipment against falls from a height with flexible anchor line

    • Potential impact

  • Important information regarding PPE

    • Replacement state / defined duration of use
    • Testing

      • Europe
      • UK
      • USA

    • Suitable condition
    • Storage

  • Practical exercises:

    • Recognising damage to PFPE

  • Safe conduct when working in/on a wind turbine

    • Use of radio devices
    • Employee authorisations
    • Use of PPE
    • Areas where there is a fall risk
    • Climbing the tower and prolonged periods in the nacelle
    • Working

      • on the tower,
      • in / on the spinner / rotor hub
      • in and on the rotor blades
      • with cherry picker / man cage

    • Working on the roof
    • Basics on “working in electrical areas”

      • Authorisations
      • Basic rules

    • Working with special authorisation

      • Permit procedures

    • Basics on “poor weather conditions”
    • Conduct in case of fire

  • Rescue procedures

    • Rescues from the ladder
    • Rescuing a person who has fallen

  • Rescue devices

    • Different devices and their correct use
    • Components required for a complete rescue system

  • Redundancies when practising
  • Accident

    • Health risks
    • Conduct
    • Measures
    • Statistics
    • Examples

Day 2: Practical section

Briefing

  • Arrival at wind turbine, general rules of conduct in the wind park
  • Correctly fitting the catch harness and PPE

Practical exercises

  • Test “hanging exercise” for all participants
  • Ascending and conduct within the tower
  • Conduct when leaving the ladder
  • Conduct in the nacelle
  • Explanation of general safety systems

    • Emergency stop / emergency evacuation
    • Rotor safety lock
    • ...

  • Safe conduct in case of

    • open hatches in the nacelle
    • prolonged periods spent on the roof

  • Introduction to a service lift (if available)

Rescue exercises

  • Rescues from the ladder
  • Rescues from the work rope
  • Abseiling from the nacelle

Closing discussion

  • Questions from participants
  • Assessment of participants
  • A few tips ...