Texas State Technical College recently gave a class to six wind turbine technicians from WETS (Wind Energy Turbine Services, Inc.) in Sweetwater. The 16-hour class offered four hours of lecture and 12 hours of hand-on training on TSTC's mobile training unit. The Wind Energy Safe Access and Rescue class is recommended for persons who need to work at height on wind turbines and who need a method of rescue and evacuation.
Designed around the specific requirements of the wind energy industry, this course deals with access to a turbine using personal safety and rescue equipment. During the course students are taught the dangers of working at height, how to use lanyards, fall arrest harnesses, positioning equipment and the correct method of dealing with emergencies including suspension trauma and rescue.
All students are expected to rescue and be rescued, have a comprehensive understanding of issued PPE, have a basic knowledge of the cause, effect, symptoms and how to deal with suspension trauma. All delegates who successfully complete training receive certification valid for two years. Students must be medically and physically fit with a desire to work at heights.
• Describe the main dangers of working height.
• Carryout a risk assessment of work at height issues (includes requirements for rescue).
• Describe the main legislation that governs work at height.
• Demonstrate the ability to select and use a range of personal protective equipment for work at height.
• Correct fitting of harness.
• Describe and demonstrate the correct method of inspection, storing and maintaining personal protective equipment.
• Emergency evacuation techniques.
For further information on the class, contact TSTC Wind Energy Specialized Training coordinator Glen Bedgood at 325-235-7370.