WE1002: Wind Energy Authorized Climber – Safe Access and Rescue

WE1002 is designed around the specific requirements of the wind industry, and it delivers the foundational training for technicians and others who work at height during construction or operation of wind turbines. During the course, students are taught the hazards 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 escape or casualty rescue requirements.

Training also includes appropriate decision-making when addressing fall hazards through the adoption of preventative safety culture. ENSA employs within the WE1002 course the four types of rescues identified below. The training also develops team rescue strategies, procedures and protocol essential to implementation of a successful rescue.

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


Prerequisites None
Duration of Training 16 hours
Duration of Refresher 16 hours
Student-to-Instructor Ratio 6:1
Training Compliance OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M
  ANSI Z359 Standards

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional safety behavior and awareness.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding in the adherence of statutory requirements and company policies pertaining to work at height.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fall risks within the work environment and how to implement control measures against such risks.
  • Through practical demonstration, conduct pre-climb protocols.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of 1st principles of fall protection and fall rescue equipment, including care and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate approach to rescue situations in wind turbines.
  • Through practical demonstration, effect a successful self-evacuation, ladder rescue, lowering and raising a remote casualty, and rescue of another in descent.

Course Duration Breakdown:

Day 1 – Classroom

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

Day 2 – Practical

  • Authorized inspection PFPE.
  • Emergency rescue equipment.
  • 1st principles of PFPE.
  • Post-fall suspension mitigation techniques.
  • Conduct a pre-climb checklist.
  • 1st principles safe climb system and ladders.
  • Ladder rescue.
  • Self-evacuation by descent of oneself and a partner.
  • Lowering a remote casualty inside and outside of the wind turbine ladder.
  • Multi-person rescue.
  • Over-the-edge rigging for rescue.

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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