GWO Work at Height and Rescue – Wind Turbines

Wind Energy Training

GWO Work at Height and Rescue – Wind Turbines

This Course Runs Monthly and On Request

GWO Work at Height Training and Rescue in Wexford Ireland

GWO Work at Height & Rescue

Duration: 2 days

Venue: Renewables Academy at Wexford Training Centre

Certification: GWO (Global Wind Organization) (Valid for 2 years)


Working at Heights is one element (of four) of the GWO Basic Safety Training which is required for all Wind Farm workers. The course aims to provide learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to work safely at heights in wind turbines and to respond correctly in emergency situations requiring evacuation and / or rescue of a colleague.


The objectives of the course are such that, on completion, delegates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the hazards and risks specific to working at height in a WTG (Wind Turbine Generator)
  • Understanding of current legislation regarding Working at Height
  • Correct identification of PPE including European / global standards for harnesses, lanyards, helmets etc.
  • Knowledge and skills to correctly inspect, use and store the appropriate PPE
  • Correct identification of appropriate anchor points and correct ladder conduct
  • Correct use of evacuation devices for both evacuation and rescue.

What you get

The course has a mix of theory/classroom activities and working at height practical exercises which take place in and on our 15 metres high custom designed training tower.

  • Classroom sessions covering legislation, work at height hazards, risk assessment, WAH PPE, rescue / evacuation equipment, Suspension Trauma.
  • Practical exercises:
    • Competent use of WAH PPE and fixed fall arrest systems
    • High-level “confidence in equipment” exercise
    • Rescue of a casualty suspended on the ladder from the fixed fall arrest system
    • Rescue of a casualty suspended from the shock-absorbing fall arrest lanyard
    • Evacuation from the tower top using the controlled rate descender (CRD)

Successful delegates will receive a GWO Certificate of training and their training will be logged on the WINDA database of wind industry training records.

(Successful completion involves passing a short, multiple-choice written exam and satisfactory assessment of the delegate during the practical exercises.)

Delegate Pre-Requisites

Delegates should be physically fit and capable of fully participating in the course, particularly all of the practical exercises.

Delegates will be required to sign a statement declaring that they are medically fit to complete the training and that they do not suffer from any medical illness or are under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our GWO Work at Height and Rescue course please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Tel: 053 9121929 or email


We offer a wide range of industry approved safety training.

We deliver the full range of GWO Basic Safety Training courses at our premises in Wexford which has a purpose built wind turbine for practical exercises allowing technicians to experience training as close to reality as possible.

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