Rescue and retrieval are critical components of any fall protection program. The fast and effective performance of these tasks often means the difference between a non-injury fall and one resulting in serious worker harm. Often the longer a fallen employee remains suspended or trapped, the worse their injuries.

Rescue and descent equipment choices depend on the job site, the tasks being performed and the available manpower. Rescue and descent equipment includes tripods, davit arms, winches, comprehensive rescue systems and descent devices.