On-site Rope Rescue
"On site rescue, when a victim is unable to self rescue the the working at height team may intervene"
If a victim is unable to carry out a self rescue, the team on-site must intervene and move the victim to safety. Once the victim is safe the team can wait for the outside rescue team to arrive. For this reason those operating in a work at height team must undergo specialist training and practise rescue scenarios at regular intervals. Rescuers will use either their own equipment or a specific rescue from height kit as decided in the method statement for the task.
Below are some examples of on site rescue using Petzl Products:
Upward evacuation using the 'Spanish balancier' technique:
This is a counterweight system, it allows the victim to be raised when lowering is not appropriate.
Rescue using a reversible rescue kit:
Non -accompanied evacuation (Victim does not require monitoring or for a free-hanging rescue)
Accompanied rescue (protecting and distancing the victim from the structure):