Rescue of a Suspended Casualty
Safesite’s Rescue Kit has been designed to work with any anchorage point and involves a dedicated rescue hub and simple rope grab device which attaches to the casualty’s existing line. When the rope grab device reaches the casualty, the rescuer gives it a gentle tug and it will lock onto the casualty’s line. The geared hub which has been connected to the original, or if possible, another anchorage point is used by the rescuer to lift the casualty up sufficiently for them to be released from their anchorage point. The casualty is now being supported by the rescue winch and rope grab and can be lowered gradually to the ground or place of safety in a controlled way using the winch. During this part of the rescue, a competent first aider should be present to assist with the casualty and to follow the standard UK first aid guidance for the recovery of a person.
The Rescue Kit allows the rescuer to carry out the rescue from a point of safety and either raise or lower the casualty. In extreme situations, the rescuer can use the kit to abseil to the casualty in order to complete the rescue safely.