Competent Tower Climber and Rescue Refresher


Gravitec’s Competent Tower Climber and Rescue Refresher Course takes a hands-on approach to keeping tower climbers focused on their safety while working at height. Re-emphasizing the use of a planned approach to working at height, this course begins with a discussion about the changes to the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code. It also introduces the latest fall protection tools and fall protection methods utilized to protect workers from the various fall hazards encountered at tower sites with an overview of commercially available fall arrest systems. The function of each piece of equipment is discussed followed by extensive hands-on exercises for a complete fall protection learning experience. During the rescue portion of the course, students learn how to use several of the industry’s common rescue devices to include, but not limited to, block and tackle systems and Gravitec’s TR (Tower Rescue) System. Students will have the opportunity to practice their rescue skills with each rescue system in a controlled environment. Their skills are confirmed with several problem-solving scenarios created by the instructor. These exercises are designed to simulate real-world rescue events. Upon completion of the course, students will have had the opportunity to perform a rescue anywhere on a tower using a variety of rescue systems. Written and practical tests are administered to ensure that the principles presented in the course are understood. Documentation is available to satisfy your company’s due diligence and regulatory requirements.

This course meets the Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training (ANSI/ASSE Z490.1), the highest industry standard for training. It also meets the re-training requirements outlined in ANSI/ASSE Z359.2, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program.

Note: In order to satisfy the ANSI/ASSE Z359.2 requirement for Competent Rescuers (Section, workers must have documented tower rescue training annually.

This course is recognized by the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) as meeting or exceeding the requirements of the NATE Fall Protection Training standard. Gravitec can supply all necessary fall protection equipment for this course.



3 Days (24 Hours)

The length of this course can be adjusted based on the amount of fall protection equipment used in the student’s workplace.


Minimum 8, Maximum 10 (1 Instructor)
Minimum 14, Maximum 20 (2 Instructors)




Tower Climber and Rescue training from Gravitec no longer than two years prior to enrollment.


Upon completion of this course, students will be capable of using a planned approach to tower climbing and rescue using common techniques and equipment. They will use the majority of commercially available fall protection equipment and capable of identifying fall hazards and selecting, creating and implementing safe and appropriate rescue techniques for workers at height. Students will also be capable of implementing standard tower rescue plans, including protecting rescuers and methods for anchoring, packaging and lowering. They will understand and be capable to effect rescue techniques to plan and implement rescues. Depending on where the course is taught, students will create and implement rescue techniques that are best suited for that particular job site.

  • Fundamental Theories and Principles of Fall Protection
  • Donning a Full Body Harness
  • Anchorage Points: Certified and Non-Certified
  • Fall Protection Hardware Compatibility
  • Connection Means
  • Energy Absorbing Lanyards
  • Commercially Available Fall Arrest Systems
  • Self-Retracting Lifelines
  • Vertical Lifelines
  • Horizontal Lifelines
  • Ladder Climbing Devices
  • Work Positioning Systems
  • Selecting and Installing Fall Protection Systems
  • Calculating Clearance Requirements
  • Basic Rescue Theory
  • Pre-Climb Checklists and Rescue Plans
  • Rescue Systems Components
  • Anchoring the Rescue System
  • Descent Control and Secondary Systems
  • Connecting to the Patient: Positive Load Transfer
  • Lowering the Patient
  • Assisted Pulley Rescue (Less than 100′)
  • TR Rescue System use and application


Students will receive a plastic wallet certificate of attendance, Gravitec’s Tower Climber & Rescue Competent Person Manual and access to our toll-free number for ongoing technical assistance.


IACET-Logo-2015Gravitec is accredited by IACET
to offer 2.4 CEUs for this program.