Do You Have A Rescue Plan?

The best sort of rescue plan is the one you have before you need it. Marinate on that for a minute. Your plan should include both the gear that you need to perform the rescue, as well as the training on said gear. Here’s the deal, while our rescue kits are exceptionally good looking, they won’t serve as more than a really good looking accessory bag if you don’t know how to use them. And to go a bit further, while you might understand the kit in theory, if you have no practice using it, try adding a high-stress situation on top of your lack of practice, perhaps an unconscious tech friend to boot. Are you picking up what we’re putting down?

With all that being said, we’re going to talk about some rescue variations that might just peak your interest. If that is the case, go out and get you some training in that specific option. It’s 2016, sky’s the limit. Be that “rescue guy” on your site.

The employer shall provide for prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure the self-rescue capability of employees.OSHA 1910.66 Appendix CI ( e ) (8)

Let’s take a step back for a brief moment. Why do you actually need a rescue plan, they have emergency responders for that sort of stuff right? No, that is not good enough. If you are in a remote area, which you most likely are, it may take a long time for responders to get to you. On top of that, once they get to your emergency, they may not have the training needed to help in your specific instance. And so here we are, stuck in that limbo between not calling 911 and people still needing to be rescued. This is why you need a rescue plan. Well, that and because OSHA says so. OSHA 1926.502 (d)(20) states that “The employer shall provide for prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure that employees are able to rescue themselves”and OSHA 1910.66 Appendix CI ( e ) (8) says “The employer shall provide for prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure the self-rescue capability of employees.”


We’ll start simple. The first type of rescue we’re gonna chat about is called a self-rescue. The title really says it all. This type of rescue is ideal because it is easy and quick, although it does require the worker to be conscious and able. The fallen worker actually rescues himself or herself using an evacuation kit (self-rescue kit) already attached to them. Essentially, the worker detaches himself or herself from whatever he or she may be stuck on. After, they deploy a self-rescue kit. Easy like Sunday morning. View all of our self rescue kits here.

  • : Quick & Easy.

  • : Gear On Worker Already

  • : Tech Must Be Conscious and Able

Fixed Lower Rescue

The next type of rescue is called a fixed-lower rescue. This is ideal for the scenario when the fallen worker is unable to perform a self-rescue. Using a fixed-lower rescue kit, the R+R fixed lower rescue kit for example, the worker performing the rescue will attach the kit to the victim, lift them up and detach them from whatever they might be stuck on, and finally switch to lowering down the victim. This method is quick and easy as well, but will not work if there is any sort of obstruction in the way of lowering the victim to the ground. The thing about a fixed lower rescue is that as the rescuer, you are staying with the descent device while the victim is being lowered. Check out all our rescue kits here.

  • : Quick & Easy.

  • : Doesn’t Work If Obstruction or Obstacles Are Present In Victim’s Descent Path






Pick Off Rescue

The final type of rescue is the grand daddy of these three methods but also the most complicated. It is called a pick off rescue. What happens during this type of rescue is you as the rescuer will lower down to the victim, attach them to a pick-off strap, lift them off of what they’re stuck on, and then lower both yourself and the victim to the ground. The difference between a pick of and a fixed lower is that in a pick off, you remain with the victim during descent. Because of this, the pick off method is not only useful, but also very versatile and can be used just about anywhere. Click here to see all the rescue kits we offer.

  • : Versatile

  • : Can Be Done Just About Anywhere

  • : Need Serious Training To Perfect






These three types of rescues can be used in all sorts of manners, depending on the situation. Knowing and being trained in all three can very well save a life or two. Don’t do it because OSHA says you have to, create a rescue plan to better yourself, your crew, and the industry as a whole. And of course, check out some of our rescue kits to get the ball rolling!
Amy LavinDo You Have A Rescue Plan?
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