GWO1002 Work at Height

Industry-recognized GWO-BST is designed to provide personnel with the basic skills that will enable them to work safely at height in the wind energy industry and to meet emergency response training requirements.

This two-day training course focuses on the access and egress conditions of the wind turbine environment. Following the GWO lesson plan for working at heights, participants receive the necessary knowledge and skills through theory and practical exercises to use basic PPE, perform work safely at heights, and complete basic evacuations and rescues at height.


Prerequisites None
Duration of Training 16 hours
Duration of Refresher 8 hours
Student-to-Instructor Ratio Theory – 6:1 | Practical – 4:1
Training Compliance OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M
ANSI Z359 Standards
GWO-BST Current Version

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of hazards and risks associated with working at height specific to the environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current national legislation regarding work at heights.
  • Correct identification of PPE (including identification of all legislated labeling and markings).
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to correctly inspect, maintain, store, and don the relevant PPE.
  • Demonstrate the 1st principles (correct use) of the relevant PPE, including identification of correct anchor points and correct ladder conduct.
  • Demonstrate the correct use of evacuation devices.
  • Know how to approach rescue situations in wind turbines and use rescue equipment efficiently.

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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