WE1002: Wind Energy Safe Access + Rescue



Designed around the specific requirements of the wind industry, this work and rescue at height training course delivers the foundation training for technicians who work at height within construction or general industry on wind turbines.

During the course, students are taught the hazards and risks of working at height on a wind turbine and are provided with the essential underpinning knowledge required to work safely within this environment. Training covers use of personal protective equipment for working safely at height and fall rescue equipment for personal evacuation or casualty rescue requirements.

Training also demonstrates appropriate decision making when addressing fall hazards through the adoption of a preventative safety culture.

ENSA’s WE1002 course covers Type 1, 2, 3 and 4 as defined by the Work at Height Safety Association (WAHSA):

1. Lowering a remote casualty
2. Raising a remote casualty
3. Self-evacuation by descent
4. Rescuing another in descent

The training also develops team rescue strategies, procedures and protocol essential to implementation of a successful rescue.


  • Establish the importance of a culture of prevention.
  • Establish awareness and adherence to statutory requirements, industry standards, and company policies.
  • Identify fall risks of the work environment and conduct pre-climb protocol.
  • Demonstrate the first principles of fall protection equipment, including care and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate the first principles of fall rescue equipment.
  • Effect a successful self-evacuation, ladder rescue, lowering + raising a remove casualty, and rescue of another in descent.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


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


  • Registration, introduction, appeals process, underpinning knowledge
  • OSHA and training
  • Understanding safety
  • Identifying hazards and implementing control measures under safe access and rescue
  • Approach to fall protection
  • Fall rescue equipment
  • Rescue requirements
  • Suspension trauma
  • Personal information for medical responders


  • Authorized inspections of PFPE
  • Emergency rescue equipment
  • First principles of PFPE
  • Post-fall suspension mitigation techniques
  • Conduct a pre-climb checklist
  • First principles safe climb systems and ladders
  • Ladder rescue
  • Self-evacuation by descent (self / partner)
  • Lowering a remote casualty (tower inside + tower outside)
  • Multi-person rescue
  • Over-the-edge rigging for rescue


Student Training Manual
Certificate of Completion, Wallet Card, and Helmet Certification Sticker

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 – 2009 Criteria for accepted practices in safety, health, and environmental training and harmonized to Z10 American National Standard — Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

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.