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Winch, Haul & Descent
Height Rescue Training

Course Overview

Leading Edge height rescue training gives you the skills to execute instant recoveries using descent, haul or winch rescue systems. Together they enable recovery from any situation by raising or lowering a casualty to safety. Choose which method you need (or all three) and gain complete competence to rig, deploy and conduct the safe recovery of a fall victim in under 5 minutes.

Key Topics

  • Rescue System Rigging, Deployment & Operation
  • Suspension Intolerance
  • Harness Refresher Training
  • Self-recovery
  • Reflow Syndrome
  • Horizontal & Vertical Recovery
  • Post-Fall First Aid
  • Equipment Selection
  • Rescue planning
  • Kit Inspection, Packing & Storage
  • Conscious/Unconscious Casualty Recovery

Who is it for?

This course is aimed for individuals working at height who may be required to conduct a height rescue, or for those involved in the creation of a rescue plan, for example site teams, or sub contractors. Every course is tailored to your unique working at height requirements and trade sphere.

  • Aftercare Access Aftercare Access
  • Valid For 3 Years Valid for 3 years
  • Valid For 3 Years Recognised Certs & ID's
  • Valid For 3 Years All Kit Provided
5 h 1 Theory Practical Break 30 h h min
8 h 1½ Theory Practical Break 6 30 h h min
Fall Casualty

01 / The Science

Learn the devastating effect of falling on the body.

It only takes five minutes for the onset of suspension intolerance to change a life forever. Venous pooling, orthostatic intolerance, vascular shock — learn how these devastating conditions affect a fall casualty. We’ll study the science and look at some eye-opening statistics to reveal why a rescue plan is essential for protecting people who work at height.

Winch Rescue Kit

02 / Rescue Equipment

Master your chosen height recovery system.

Explore 3 different recovery systems, discover their suitability and effectiveness for various recovery scenarios and get in depth practical training in the system/s of your choice. We'll also look a the process and frequency of equipment inspection as well as anchorage considerations you will commonly encounter in the field.

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03 / Practical Exercises

Live drills and exercises.
Under pressure.

By conducting repeated self and assisted recoveries — in vertical and horizontal rigged positions with a variety of fall protection equipment — you'll gain total confidence recovering a fall casualty with your chosen rescue system/s. And to test you can act under pressure we'll do a 5-minute rescue challenge to compete for the fastest, safest recovery.

All Kit Provided

04 / Course Equipment

All kit provided.

We provide our own projector, screen, laptop, props, rescue dummy, bags full of rescue gear to deliver both the theory and practical lessons. We just need somewhere to teach. So, if you're booking a course on your site, don't forget to arrange a training room that can hold the appropriate number of people.



Your license to work.

By completing this course you will be awarded with an industry recognised Leading Edge license card and certificate. The card is valid for 3 years and requires renewal after the expiry date stated at the time of issue.

Height Rescue Card
Height Rescue Card
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Theory Modules

Theory Modules

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  • Course Objectives
  • Why We Need Height Rescue
  • Rescue Statistics
  • Operator Controls


Foundations lays the groundwork for your training. We’ll discuss course objectives and prime you with essential background knowledge on the subject of height safety, covering the basics of why we need it, the devastating effects falls have on individuals, families and businesses and your general legal responsibilities and duties. By exploring historical references, statistics and legislation we’ll paint — in real terms — a picture of where we are today, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go to make the work place a safe place.

  • WAH Regulations
  • HSE Guidance
  • Codes of Practise
  • British Standard


As a manager or employer you have strict legal responsibility to keep your workforce safe at height. But while the WAH Regulations and British Standard exist for everyone’s benefit, being extensive jargon-filled documents makes them daunting and difficult for non-legal professionals to understand. Thankfully we do all the heavy lifting to pull out the clauses that are relevant to you and explain them one-by- one in layman’s terms, helping you understand how to comply with the law and prevent unknowingly exposing yourselves and your team to the possibility of future legal repercussions.

Harness Training

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  • Effects of Falling
  • Limitations
  • Rescue Steps
  • Don A Harness

Harness Training

Throw it over your shoulders, clip it together, fasten the leg straps and you’re good to go, right? Be under no illusions, a damaged or incorrectly worn harness can lead to death, or if you’re truly unlucky, extreme testicular trauma and rectal damage! To prevent such a nauseating fate we’ll take you back to basics, familiarise you with di erent types of height safety harnesses and their various purposes, teach you how to perform pre-use inspections and then get down to the nuts and bolts of how to don and adjust it. At the end of the module each of you will be provided with your own harness to practise wearing, which will be then be assessed by the instructor to make sure the whole team is competent and con dent before moving on.

Suspension Intolerance

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  • Venous Pooling
  • Orthostatic Intolerance
  • Pre-Syncope
  • Syncope

Suspension Intolerance

Can be a fatal condition as a result of being suspended upright in a harness, you will examine the physical effects of suspension intolerance on the human body and demystify the law, revealing exactly what you are required to plan and make provisions for.

Reflow Syndrome

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  • Preload
  • Vascular Shock

Reflow Syndrome

Can be a fatal condition that occurs as a result of blood restriction in the legs you will examine the physical effects of reflow syndrome on the human body and demystify the law, revealing exactly what you are required to plan and make provisions for.

  • Self Recovery
  • Haul System
  • Descent System
  • Winch System

Rescue Systems

This module covers the three types of rescue system available from Leading Edge. Together they allow the safe recovery of a fall casualty in any situation using the raising, lowering or combined raising and lowering methods.

Practical Exercises

Practical Modules

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  • Safety Brief
  • Informal Risk Assessment
  • Establish Safe Work Area
  • Basic Setup
  • Don A Harness

Self Recovery With Rescue Ladders

  • Orientation
  • Rigging & Deployment
  • Climbing & Relief Techniques
  • Post Use Checks
  • Packing & Storage

Aided RecoveryWith Rescue Systems

  • Orientation
  • Rigging & Deployment
  • Rescue System Operation
  • Post Use Checks
  • Packing & Storage

5 Minute Rescue Challenge

  • Test your competence in a live rescue experience.

What System Should I Learn?

Answer a few simple questions to find out which rescue method is ideal for you.

Does a lower level obstruction on site prevent lowering a casualty?

Do you want a rescue system that can be operated by one person?

Do you work on multiple
sites and locations?

Do you work at height on
a regular basis?

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