The facts about tower crane work & the need for effective high angle recovery systems.


Modern tower cranes present significant challenges to operators & maintenance personnel in the event of an accident or mishap where evacuation to the ground is required. Because of the significant height and difficulty in transporting an injured person down the interior of the tower box sections well prepared systems and a high level of training are required to effectively and safely retrieve personnel to safe ground.

SAR are one of the few training providers in Australia willing to address these technical difficulties and offer a state of the art training program in safe tower crane work and rescue operations.



About the TC1 Tower Crane Rescue training course

Tower cranes present significant height safety issues for operators & riggers who must carry out work on these structures safely. The difficulties involved in retrieving an injured operator from a tower crane, especially from the jib, are often overlooked and frequently put into the 'too hard basket'. The TC1 course was designed at the request of a crane erection company to identify these issues of worker safety and has since become the leading program of it's kind.


The TC1  course identifies the following units:

  • Select, use and maintain equipment for working at height
  • Conduct a risk assessment for work at height
  • Install an anchor system
  • Install & operate a hauling system (for rescue purposes)
  • Install & operate a lowering system (for rescue purposes)
  • Approach the work position using abseiling techniques
  • Demonstrate vertical mobility at height
  • Install a system of fall protection to enable movement in a vertical environment
  • Install & operate a single rope belay system to safeguard a person (for rescue purposes)
  • Work at height using a work positioning system
  • Respond to emergencies at height
  • Evacuate a person to safe ground using abseiling techniques

These units are delivered contextually within a framework of tower crane rescue techniques.

Students receive a nationally recognized Statement of Attainment in Working at Height contextualized to tower cranes on successful completion of the training & assessment.



  • Site / job specific training: generally 3 days

  • Multi-site training: generally 3-4 days


TC1 programs are costed on a per instructor per day rate (plus incidentals). Please contact our office or see SAR Program Info for rates.

Minimum number of four students per course. The course fee covers training resources, course notes, all equipment, assessment, provision of certificates – log books – ID cards (where necessary), public liability insurance.



  • Must be at least 17 years of age

  • Speak, read and understand the English language (unless accompanied by a skilled translator)

  • Fit and healthy for working at height


  • On-the-job or at a site that provides realistic workplace conditions.


Existing personal (or workplace) equipment should be used for consistency, however SAR will supply the latest in tower access / rescue gear and PPE (personal protective equipment).



Statement of Attainment in Working at Height (Tower Crane Rescue).


After Sale Back Up

Our equipment division Adventure ProGear has a wide range of height safety and industrial tower rescue products available for students either before or after training. We are happy to make recommendations on appropriate gear and will go to great lengths to try to acquire just the right kit for your job requirements. We are able to offer:

Fall arrest, full body rescue and rope access harnesses

Height safety helmets

Carabiners and connectors

Ascent & descent devices

Rigging plates


Flat, round and variable length rigging slings

Mil-Spec webbing

Rope grabs

Edge protectors

11mm & 12.7mm low stretch and static rope

Safety cutters

and a host of other products. Go to the Adventure Pro Gear site here for more details.



TC1 Tower Crane Rescue



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