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MATS: Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue

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MATS: Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue (Skills Based Scheme)

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MATS: Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue

The Mast and Tower Safety (MATS): Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue scheme is designed to support the safety of those individuals who are working at height on towers and masts in the telecoms & radio industry. It provides a framework to support consistency and relevance in training provision and assessment of competence.

Developed in collaboration with the industry Mast and Tower Safety Group, the scheme was launched on 01 January 2020 and recognises the skills and underpinning knowledge required to safely and competently climb and undertake rescues from towers and masts. This scheme covers the minimum training and assessment required for those working safely on masts and towers and incorporates the relevant requirements of Health & Safety Executive legislation.

Training Course Content

Initial Programme

This is designed for use with first time climbers and offers an introduction to basic tower climbing and rescue. It is delivered over 3 consecutive days where both knowledge and practical elements are assessed and consists of the following:

  • Understanding legislation and safety standards
  • Assessing risk
  • Managing common hazards
  • Using harnesses
  • Using fall arrest lanyards
  • Selecting appropriate anchor points
  • Using fixed fall arrest systems
  • Using work positioning lanyards
  • Using additional fall prevention equipment
  • Developing rescue plans
  • Inspecting rescue equipment
  • Managing suspension syncope
  • Selecting rescue techniques
  • Using knots and &ldquo~off-weighting&rdquo~ techniques
  • Demonstrating climbing techniques
  • Carrying out a rescue

Renewal Programme

This is designed for individuals wishing to update and renew their registration. It is a 1-day programme which includes a practical demonstration of climbing and rescue competence. This renewal programme includes:

  • Understanding legislation and safety standards
  • Inspecting and fitting Personal Fall Protection Equipment (PFPE)
  • Using fall arrest lanyards
  • Selecting appropriate anchor points
  • Using fixed fall arrest systems
  • Using work positioning lanyards
  • Using additional fall prevention equipment
  • Developing rescue plans
  • Managing suspension syncope
  • Selecting rescue techniques
  • Using off-weighting techniques
  • Demonstrating climbing techniques
  • Carrying out a rescue

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B90 4BN Solihull

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