3 Days with Working at Heights
2 Days if candidate has obtained Nationally Recognised Working at Heights Training

Combined Safety Solutions Tower and Pole Rescue is a Nationally Recognised course that has been designed primarily for those people required to work at height in the power and telecommunications industry. The training provides each participant with the necessary practical skills required to effectively and safely rescue a suspended or incapacitated worker from a structure such as a tower, pylon or pole.

“Attached” climbing and descending of towers, pylons and poles is also incorporated in to the course dependant on client requirements.

Students will gain an understanding of the basic use and inspection of equipment used in vertical rope rescue as well as the necessary skills required for various rescue techniques, anchor selection and rigging. Participants will also gain the knowledge and skills required for risk assessment, casualty management and first aid procedures involved with rope rescue activities.

This course is delivered in partnership with SpanSet Australia Ltd RTO 91173.

The pre-requisite for this course is the one day Work Safely at Height course or similar accredited course.

A current First Aid certificate or equivalent (PUAEME004A Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury or HLTAID003 Provide First Aid) is required to gain a “Statement of Attainment”. Participants who do not possess this qualification will receive a “Statement of Completion”, which can be upgraded at a later date if a First Aid Certificate is obtained.

  • All delegates to be registered on the course registration form
  • All delegates to be advised of the following
  • Fire procedure
  • Toilets and welfare



  • Work Safely at Heights (If Applicable)
  • Risk assessment associated with vertical rope rescue
  • Knots
  • Inspection and care of rope rescue equipment
  • Safe climbing of structures
  • Abseil and self rescue techniques
  • Select and rig anchor points
  • Casualty management
  • Vertical rescue techniques on a suspended casualty

Delegates will be monitored by the trainer throughout the practical sessions. Any concerns will be addressed by delegate and trainer on a continual basis.

  • Issue course feedback forms
  • Thank all delegates for attending
  • Summarize the topics covered during the course

All candidates will carry out two multi choice tests covering key points from the following topics:

  • RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights (If Applicable)
  • Tower and pole rescue

If the candidate gets a total score of less that 100% then the trainer will explore the candidates’ knowledge of the topic. Where the candidate has good knowledge of the topic the result may be amended.

Candidates will be also assessed by the trainer on all practical applications and techniques taught.


  • Work at heights manual, Tower and pole rescue manual
  • Rescue kits (raising and lowering capability)
  • Tower harnesses
  • Inertia block
  • Anchor straps
  • Karabiners
  • Vertical drop line with Type 1 fall arrestor
  • Extendable Sheppard Pole
  • Twin access fall arrest lanyards
  • Work positioning belts
  • Prusik chord
  • hand ascenders (Jumars)
  • Mechanical descenders
  • Shark
  • Tagline


  • Statement of attainment of RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights
  • Statement of Attainment is issued for the “Tower Rescue” component:
  • PUASAROO4A Undertake Vertical Rescue
  • PUASAROO1A Participate in a Rescue Operation
  • PUAOHS001C Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures