What is a fall protection rescue plan?

A written rescue plan is part of an overall fall protection plan and is required by OSHA. The written rescue plan must be site specific and include step-by-step procedures for self rescue, assisted rescue, or multi-person evacuation. The following four topics must be addressed when developing and implementing your rescue plan: 

  1. Who will be executing the rescue?
  2. Where will the rescue take place?
  3. What type of equipment is required to safely conduct the rescue?
  4. What are our rescue options for this area?

A rescue plan is a living document and must be updated as new equipment is brought onto the worksite.  It must be read and understood by any workers who will be impacted by the information it contains. 

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