Every year falls from height cause the most deaths at work and the second highest number of major injuries.
This course is designed as an introduction to this key site safety topic - whether you work in Building and Construction, or are involved in any kind of installation or maintenance that requires you to work at a height.
Working at Height means working somewhere where there is the potential to fall from one level to a level below: It's not just falling from a ladder or scaffolding, it's also falling down holes and falling through fragile surfaces.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the HSE guide to these regulations are very clear about what must be done to stay safe when working at height, and this training programme follows the laws and guidance to ensure that everyone knows how to stay safe.
In this section we look at who is responsible for safety when working at height.
It clearly explains not only what the employer is responsible for but also what the employee is responsible for too.
Here we look at how you decide how to complete any work at height in the safest way. It includes looking at different choices of protection - guard rails, harnesses, airbags, safety nets and rope systems.
The section ends by talking about emergency procedures and rescue.
There are a lot of things to consider when you choose equipment for work at height. You DON'T choose whatever's to hand - the quickest and easiest option! You have to think about safety - your own safety and the safety of those around you. No matter how long you expect the job to take, even if you think it's a 2-minute job, don't try to manage without putting protective measures in place if they are needed.
Many people have been killed or seriously injured, who ...only meant to be on the roof for a few minutes to have a quick look or carry out a small repair.
This section looks at the most common equipment - trestles, podium steps, hop-ups, stepladders, ladders, scaffolding, tower scaffolding and the most common types of MEWPs. For each it looks at the safety considerations. It uses graphics and animation to show safe set-up and use of ladders, scaffolding and MEWPs.
This Working at Height training programme concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training, and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout. As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to re-print certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.
For both employees and those that are self-employed, The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require that:
- All work at height is properly planned and organised.
- All work at height takes account of weather conditions that could endanger health and safety.
- Those involved in work at height are trained and competent
- The place where work at height is done is safe
- Equipment used when working at height is appropriately inspected
- The risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled
- The risks from falling objects are properly controlled
When work is to be done at height risks must be assessed. There are duties placed on employers, the self-employed and on any person who controls the work of others; and there are also duties placed on employees and on people working under someone else's control:
Every person shall, where working under the control of another person, report to that person any activity or defect relating to work at height which he knows is likely to endanger the safety of himself or another person.
Every person shall use any work equipment or safety device provided to him for work at height by his employer, or by a person under whose control he works, in accordance with -
(a) any training in the use of the work equipment or device concerned which have been received by him; and
(b) the instructions respecting that use which have been provided to him by that employer...
The Work at Height Regulations 2005, Section 14 (1,2)