GWO102 Manual Handling

The GWO102 course focuses on the practical skills required for safe manual handling for operation within a restricted area of movement found in the wind turbine environment. The primary aim of this half-day training course is to give participants awareness and competency through theoretical and practical exercises to encourage positive manual handling behavior, improved industrial ergonomics, and to perform manual handling activities in a safe manner in the wind energy industry and environment.


Prerequisites None
Duration of Training 4 hours
Duration of Refresher 4 hours
Student-to-Instructor Ratio Theory – 12:1 | Practical – 12:2
Training Compliance

OSHA Manual Handling Publications
NIOSH Publication 2007-131
GWO-BST Current Version

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of carrying out work duties in a safe and sound manner in accordance with the legislative requirements.
  • Identify aspects of job tasks that could increase a worker’s risk of developing muscular and/or skeletal injuries.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the safe practice of manual handling, including the correct handling of equipment.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of injuries related to poor manual handling techniques and have knowledge of reporting methods.
  • Demonstrate a problem-solving approach to manual handling in the wind turbine environment.
  • Demonstrate manual handling risk reduction techniques.

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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