What's in the Pole-Top Rescue Course?
Our Pole-Top Rescue training course is OSHA compliant, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.
- Learn safety procedures and operation for rescuing coworkers from powerlines.
- Learn procedures for operating a MEWP for rescue.
- Understand the dangers associated with working near powerlines.
Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 30 - 60 min.
OSHA Standards: This course meets the following OSHA standards:
- 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(2)(i) - Rescue training requirements
- 29 CFR 1910.269(e)(3) - Rescue equipment
Why Take Our Pole-Top Rescue Training Online | OSHA-Compliant
Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.
The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.
We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.
Why Buy Our Online Pole-Top Rescue Training?
- Complete Training: Our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
- Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on site can be expensive. That is why we developed our online curriculum to lower costs while still providing a professional training experience. (Check out our bulk pricing tiers below!)
- Records Tracking System: We offer an easy to use management system. If you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, certificates, observation guides and more! (Contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
- Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or to train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
- Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
- Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.
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Pole-Top Rescue Safety Training & Certification
What Is Pole-Top Rescue?
A pole-top rescue is necessary when something has happened that has caused a line worker to become unconscious, unresponsive or otherwise unable to descend the structure on their own.
For example, it only takes a split second for employees to lose their concentration and be electrocuted, which would impair their ability to descend on their own. In this kind of situation, only line workers are qualified to safely ascend the pole and bring the injured worker down.
Throughout the rest of the article we will be referring to rescue missions and steps as though you were the designated rescuer.
A linesman, also called linemen, is an employee who sets up or repairs electric wire communication or powerlines. A linesman typically works for a utility company. They have the responsibility for creating and maintaining lines that carry power to and from different places.
OSHA Standards for Pole-Top Rescue
Due to the unique conditions of a pole-top rescue and how the factors of the situation may vary with each necessary rescue, no specific standards for pole-top rescue exist. Instead, companies are required to develop their own techniques and procedures. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that employers refer to The Lineman’s and Cableman’s Handbook when it comes to developing their rescue plan.
However, there are some more general rescue standards that OSHA requires employers to follow when it comes to developing their pole-top rescue plan and safety training.
For example, OSHA requires that all rescue equipment be made available for employees before they ascend the pole. OSHA also requires that workers be trained and familiar with all safety-related practices, procedures, and equipment that pertain to their job requirements, including pole-top rescue.
What Is in a Pole-Top Rescue Course?
Here at Hard Hat Training, all of the courses we provide are OSHA-compliant and therefore cover all the required topics according to OSHA standards. An outline of our Pole-Top Rescue Safety Course would look something like this:
- Personal climbing equipment
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Hot line tools
- Communication devices
- Protect yourself
- Evaluate the victim
- Lowering the victim
- First aid
- Aerial basket assist
- MEWP rescue
- Dump feature
How Long Does This Course Take?
Our pole-top rescue course is one of our shorter courses and will only take an employee about 30 to 60 minutes to finish the entire course. Our online version of this course allows employees to stop and start at their leisure, and due to a strict work schedule, it may take them longer to complete the course.
How Long Will My Certification Last?
Pole-top rescue certification is valid for a year following the issue date. After your certification becomes invalid, you will need to retake the course again in order to renew your certification.
Hazards Associated With Pole-Top Rescue
Pole-top rescues happen more often than you'd think; therefore, they are unavoidable and necessary. During a pole-top rescue, the rescuer has a couple hazards they must keep in mind in order to successfully carry out the rescue and potentially save the victims life.
Although a knowledge of these dangers will not be enough to keep you safe, they will help you to identify actions to take to remain as safe as possible during your rescue. There are four main hazards associated with performing pole-top rescue. These four hazards are:
- Loose items
- Live electrical equipment
- Snags or entanglements
As you work to rescue the victim, loose materials—such as clothing, tools, or equipment—can pose a risk. These items could be a shock hazard if they carry a charge. They could also snag you, making it difficult or dangerous for you to perform the rescue.
Live Electrical Equipment
Live lines are commonly the reason that rescues have to be performed. They are also commonly the reason that rescues fail as well. Be aware of live lines or equipment and keep as far away from them as you can.
Snags or Entanglements
Snags and entanglements are the most common hazards when lowering the victim to the ground. Although not as much of a danger to you, it can prevent the victim from getting the help they need as quickly as they need it.
Falls during a rescue are commonly caused by inexperienced linemen or faulty equipment. Equipment fails when it is not properly maintained or inspected. If equipment is damaged, worn down, or broken, it needs to be immediately fixed or replaced.
Who Needs Pole-Top Rescue Training?
OSHA recommends that anyone who will be working in a crew near exposed, energized parts or electrical equipment on a pole should be properly trained in performing a pole-top rescue. This is to ensure that no matter who is injured or unconscious, there will always be someone else present who can safely perform the rescue.
OSHA requires that every linesman crew perform an annual pole-top rescue training exercise.
A Little About Us & Our Courses
Hard Hat Training offers over 200 courses that cover a wide range of training topics. Every participant should be able to engage in a safety training process that is effective, alluring, and fairly-priced. To ensure end-user engagement, all of our courses are fully narrated and only include necessary data.
Receiving Your Pole-Top Rescue Certification
Designed to comply with OSHA's classroom training requirements, our Pole-Top Rescue Safety Course is available online. Your course will conclude with a written exam, which you can complete immediately after completing the training. The certification can be obtained right after the exam if you score above 80%.
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