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As detailed in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 - Approved Code of Practice and Guidance: The provision of adequate emergency measures is of prime importance when carrying out rope access work. There should be a specific rescue plan for each worksite, with on-site practice if appropriate. In any case, work teams should practice rescue techniques from time to time. Operatives should always be in a position to recover themselves, or to be recovered quickly and efficiently by the immediate work team or by a dedicated on-site rescue team. Rescue equipment should be appropriate to the nature of the workplace, eg length of ropes, availability of extra anchor slings, hauling equipment etc.
What type of rescue kit do you need?
If self-rescue is not possible, then there are generally two types of rescue: a 'reach rescue' (using the casualty to clip himself / herself into a rescue system or using a reach pole to clip a connector onto the casualty and then use a hauling or lowering system to haul or lower the casualty to safety) or a 'pick-off' or 'snatch' rescue (where someone ascends or abseils to the casualty and clips the casualty to their system and ascends or descends to safety). A mix of both may be possible if the rescuer can set up an anchor point just above the casualty and set up a lowering system, ideally using a controlled rate descender (CRD)