CSER2002: Confined Space Entry and Rescue for Wind Energy

The challenges of confined spaces within wind turbines is widely recognized by regulatory agencies, manufacturers and trade associations alike. The simple utility of scale alone presents hazards and challenges when working inside these structures.

Compliance under OSHA or OHSA (Canada) involve permit requirements to managerially assist in the necessary controls for exposure to hazards through isolation, elimination or control procedures. This training course caters specifically to the confined space entry and rescue requirements for operating in both permit-required and restricted space. When available the training will cover the written site-specific confined space entry program, turbine specific hazard assessments, entry permits and safe work procedures.

Scenario-Based Training: The exercises presented in this course are a combination of classroom discussion and demonstration scenarios, major equipment application scenarios done in controlled surroundings, and advanced skill application scenarios performed at height in identified confined or restricted spaces a of wind turbines. Each scenario evaluates site safety and personal safety considerations, with a detailed assessment of persons operating within confined space entry teams or performing the skills needed as a member of a confined space rescue team.

Rescue scenarios from blade entry, hub & nose cone entry, basement entry and in some cases a nacelle restriction will be practiced to proficiency.


Prerequisites WE1002 or equivalent work at height safety training
Duration of Training 16 hours
Duration of Refresher 16 hours
Student-to-Instructor Ratio 6:1
Training Compliance OSHA 1926 Subpart M
  ANSI Z359 Standards

Learning Objectives:

Define a confined space, types of confined space permits, and the roles and responsibilities to enter a confined space.

  • Navigate confined space procedures and documentation.
  • Identify the operation and care of confined space equipment and demonstrate practical entry skills.
  • Demonstrate operation and care of confined space entrance and rescue equipment through the performance of practice rescues.

Course Duration Breakdown:
Day 1 – Classroom

  • Registration, introduction, appeals process, under pinning knowledge
  • OSHA compliance requirements overview
  • Site specific written confined space entry program requirements (when available)
  • Hazard assessment review for make and model of turbines on site
  • Management of confined space entry hazards
  • Selection and correct use of appropriate PPE
  • Discussion of chemical exposures and air purifying respirators used on site
  • Roles and responsibilities for entry
  • LOTO requirements
  • Gas monitor operation workshop
  • Ventilation system workshop
  • Permit entry procedures
  • Practice entries into actual or simulated spaces

Day 2 – Practical

  • Organization and command of a confined space rescue team
  • Rescue preplanning
  • Patient packaging and extrication workshop
  • Self-rescue scenario
  • Non-entry rescue retrieval scenario
  • Entry rescue training scenarios
  • Written test

Resource Materials

Student training manual
Certificate of completion, wallet card, and helmet certification sticker

General Disclaimer

All ENSA North America practical training exercises are implemented under a “Skills Based Evolution Process” which the student experiences as a layering approach, whereby a basic foundation is established, and through reaffirmation and confirmation, additional practical skills are applied to effectively demonstrate and apply through hands-on experiences the complexities of work and rescue at height, achieving success through confidence by all who participate.

Reaffirmation through testing is applied with the addition of correction to 100%. This unique philosophy in learning ensures all incorrectly answered test questions are tabled under whole group discussion to ensure maximum retention and understanding by all students.

All training programs are structured upon a pass or fail determination criteria and are in accordance with ANSI Z490.1 – 2016 Criteria for accepted practices in safety, health, and environmental training and under ENSA’s ISO 9001-certified quality management system.

Note: Students must be medically and physically fit with a desire to work at heights. The training environment may require the use of specialized access methods such as those employed within suspension and rope access practices. These practices may be utilized as effective safety tools within the delivery of this program. They are not to be considered trained upon within this program.


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