During the long and tedious period involved in the construction of large buildings, many things can happen that nobody expects to come to pass. All construction companies in the USA are mandated by OSHA to provide training to their employees so containment and reduction of risk by workers on the job can efficiently gain control of the circumstances causing such emergencies.
This training should provide information on detecting situations that can lead to disastrous conditions beforehand, as well as how to aid another worker injured or at risk of imminent harm. Just as constructing the building requires the use of tools and equipment, rescuing another person also involves the use of tools and equipment, but it also requires a sense of intense teamwork.
Sometimes the equipment used is fundamental, such as a pole to reach another person or to remove electrical lines. Other equipment comes in much larger sizes. Pole top rescue training often uses a bucket truck as a means to gain access to another worker whose location is quite isolated and very elevated.
Without a ladder, stairs, or other means to reach someone who may have had an electrical shock, heart attack, or other problem, a bucket truck can place someone in adequate proximity to assist. Much of the time, the required aid entails removing the injured person from their location. Workers performing the rescue must do this correctly. Doing this haphazardly can lead to the injured worker experiencing permanent health problems, physical disabilities, or even death.
The major hurdle in extracting someone from an elevated location that is also relatively inaccessible is ensuring that no additional injuries occur. This includes any possible injuries which the individuals performing the rescue might suffer. Using a solid board, cot, gurney, or other rigid and portable item can help in extracting an injured person from their location.
Straps must be taut and hold the person from their neck to their feet. Holes should be made if not already present to help lower the person slowly to either solid ground or the closest stable floor. Once stable, further medical treatment can be decided upon by medical personnel.
Texas Rope Rescue provides training in this and other types of rescue scenarios. No one person or other entity can prepare a construction crew for every possible disaster, but encouraging creativity and the willingness to try can save lives and reduce injuries for countless others.