GWO Working at Height & Manual Handling Combined

GWO Working at Height & Manual Handling Combined

GWO Working at Height & Manual Handling Combined is part of the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) course portfolio, which sets the standards for training in the global wind energy and renewables industry.

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Course Overview

GWO Working at Height & Manual Handling Combined encourages positive manual handling behvaiour and safe work at heights in the wind industry.

Course Objectives

Delegates completing a GWO Working at Height & Manual Handling Combined training course will be able to;

  • Understand hazards and risks associated with working at height specific to a wind turbine generator (WTG)
  • Understand current national and regional legislation related to working at heights
  • Identify PPE including European and global standard markings
  • Inspect, service, store and fit relevant PPE
  • Use PPE including harness fall arrest lanyards, guided type fall arresters and work positioning lanyards
  • Identify anchor points
  • Use evacuation devices and ladders
  • Approach rescue situations in WTGs
  • Demonstrate a problem-solving approach to manual handing in a wind turbine environment
  • Reduce risk with correct manual handling techniques
  • Identify aspects of job tasks that could increase the risk of developing muscluar/skeletal injuries
  • Understand the importance of carrying out work duties in a safe and sound manner in accordance with legislative requirements of a geographic work location
  • Understand safe practices of manual handling
  • Identify signs and symptoms of injuries related to poor manual handling techniques

Course Content

A GWO Working at Height & Manual Handling Combined training course includes;

  1. Introduction
  2. Legislation and behavioural safety
  3. Harness
  4. Fall prevention
  5. Vertical fall arrest systems
  6. Fall arrest lanyards
  7. Dropped objects
  8. Self-retracting lifelines
  9. Control measures to prevent injury during training
  10. Practical exercises
  11. Spinal anatomy and posture
  12. Planning manual handling
  13. Manual handling techniques
  14. Emergency procedures
  15. Workshop - risks and hazards, and suspension trauma
  16. PPE review
  17. Rescue devices and rigging setup
  18. Measures to prevent injury during training
  19. Rescue exercises
  20. Evaluation


In order to complete a GWO Working at Height & Manual Handling Combined training course, delegates must:

  • Be WINDA registered before arriving for the course

The equipment used during the training course carries a weight limit of 136-140kg. For participants this maximum weight includes clothes and safety equipment, we therefore recommend a maximum bodyweight of 120kg. Our equipment also has a maximum waist size of 120cm.


The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) have launched a Global Wind Industry Records Database (WINDA) which allows your to verify your GWO certificates with employers.

Registering with WINDA is quick and easy, and you must do this before arriving for your course.

View our step-by-step guide to registering with WINDA >>

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