Fall Protection User-Rescue



In the construction industry in the United States, falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities. Each year, on average, between 350 and 400 workers are killed and more than 20,000 are injured as a result of falls at construction sites. OSHA recognizes that accidents involving falls are generally complex events frequently involving a variety of factors. Consequently the standard for fall protection deals with both the human and equipment-related issues in protecting workers from fall hazards.

Course Objectives

This course will provide individuals in positions that involve the use of fall protection systems:

  1. A course of instruction in generally recognized fall protection and rescue techniques.
  2. An exposure to current industrial fall protection theories and rescue philosophies.
  3. A structured, progressive, hands-on methodology to aid retention of skills.
  4. Application of current safety considerations for industrial fall protection and rescue.

Specific Topics Covered:

Upon completion of Fall Protection User/Rescue training, the student will be familiar with:

  1. OSHA Fall Protection Standards & Application
  2. OSHA Walking Working Surfaces Standard
  3. Identification of fall hazards
  4. The importance of housekeeping
  5. The need to report fall hazards
  6. Types of falls & what happens during falls
  7. Methods available to prevent a worker from falling (passive & active)
  8. Inspection criteria for fall protection equipment
  9. Anchor Point Selection
  10. Rescue
    1. Plan Development
    2. Considerations
    3. Types of Rescue:
      1. Self-Rescue
      2. Assisted Rescue
      3. Rescue Team
    4. Suspension Trauma
      1. Effects on Body
      2. Mitigation Techniques
  11. Hands-on Practical Demonstrations of:
    1. Basic Rescue Knot Tying
    2. Personal Fall Arrest Systems
      1. Inspections of Equipment
      2. Equipment Selection
      3. Donning & Doffing Harness
      4. 100 % Tie Off
      5. Anchor Point Selection
      6. Horizontal & Vertical Life Lines
    3. Rescue Equipment
      1. Rescue Pole
      2. 4:1 Pulley System
      3. Ascent & Descent Devices

Additional Information

Course Required By: OSHA & Industry Best Practice

Written Exam: Written and hands-on competency will be evaluated at the end of each course. Incorrectly answered questions will be reviewed with student to ensure understanding before completion of course.

Practical Exam: Students must be able to correctly select, inspect and use a personal fall arrest system. Demonstrate proper Hazard identification and elimination and proper climbing techniques while being tied off 100%, as well as prepare a proper JSA and demonstrate proper self-rescue techniques and rescue equipment application.

Retraining: Retraining is required when regulations change or new equipment is introduced in the work place that requires specialized training.

CFR Reference:

  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D – Walking-Working Surfaces [1910.21 – 30]
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M – Fall Protection [1926.500 – 503]
  • ANSI Z359.1 – 2016 Fall Protection Code
  • 29 CFR 1910.66 Paragraph (i)(1)(ii)(E) and 1910.66 (j)

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