Rescue Kits

One of the biggest risks to crane engineers working on your site is the possibility of a fall from height. Safe work at height practices have long been a major component of Street CraneXpress’ H&S procedures, including the use of fall protection equipment. Whilst a harness and lanyard can protect a person from falling to the ground and/or impacting with dangerous obstructions, the most complex part has always been how to rescue a fallen worker hanging from a suspended position below their work area.

Working at height

The Need for a Rescue Plan

i. Under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, you are responsible for the safety of those not in your direct employment, i.e. contractors working on your site

ii. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 requires duty holders to have a rescue plan, policy and procedure in place for any work at height activity

Street CraneXpress has put this new system in place to remove the responsibility of forming rescue plans from our clients.
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Taking the complexity out of rescue plans

All Street CraneXpress service engineers are equipped with the revolutionary Latchways Personal Rescue Device (PRD). Worn in the same way as a standard harness, the PRD also features a lightweight, unobtrusive but robust backpack which contains a parachute style ‘rip cord’ that releases a descender system; a brake mechanism and spool with a 20m (65ft) cord which gently lowers the faller to the ground in a controlled descent.

This means that if an engineer falls and is arrested by their lanyard, they now have a means of escape from the suspended position: a process that only takes a few seconds, removing the responsibility of forming a rescue plan from you, the client.

Pull the cord Activating  PRD

Poles apart from problematic rescue procedures

And to cover more unlikely but precarious eventualities, an unconscious faller can be rescued from ground level* using the extendable Latchways Rescue Pole which activates a built-in secondary descent release mechanism.

This rescue pole will be made available to your responsible person before our engineer commences work on your site and will act as your security and your rescue plan.

Using the rescue pole


These personal rescue devices reduce risk and liability and make Street CraneXpress the safer solution for your crane maintenance.


  • The harness conforms to EN361: 2002
  • The descender device conforms to: EN 341: 2011 Type 1, Class D
  • The ‘back pack’ and harness conform to:
  • BS EN 13463-1:2001 equipment group 11 category 2 and Ex II 2 G c IIC T3

*Poles can be used from the floor in the vast majority of cases: falls from a lanyard attachment height of up to 9m from ground level.

Latchways PRD