Whether you frequently work at height as part of your profession or you are a team supervisor for workers who do, having proper Working at Height training is crucial to ensure that you are following legal obligations and complying with legislation, as well as the basic principles set out by the regulatory Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Working at Height training shows you how to follow best practice when working in locations of varying heights.
Did you know that accidents and falls relating to height are the number one cause of workplace death in the UK? This is an unfortunate fact that comes down to workers either not taking or not following proper training in relation to the Work at Height Regulations 2005. By understanding the risks involved in working at height, and what you can do to prevent them, delegates on this course can prevent tragedies from happening, keeping themselves and others around them safe.
Our Working at Height course also teaches delegates the legal responsibilities that need to be taken by themselves and their employers. Working at height doesn’t just relate to extremely high structures like skyscrapers – it relates to any location where a fall from any type of height could cause personal injury if precautions are not taken. Although working at height can be dangerous, worker falls can be prevented entirely if the correct planning is undertaken.
The course covers the Working at Height Regulations 2005, HSE guidance and how to follow it, the legal responsibilities of both workers and employers, the dangers of working at height, how equipment should be used correctly, and the importance of risk assessment.
The risks of working at height
Whether you are unloading a tall vehicle such as a lorry or you are working on the construction site of a high-rise building, working at height always comes with the risk of injury. It is a common misconception that the term ‘working from height’ only means working at tens if not hundreds of feet up, such as on the roof of a building. In fact, most accidents from working at height tend to be only a couple of metres off of the ground. This is why risk assessments are vital.
To work at height, workers and employers need to ensure that the work undertaken is thoroughly prepared and planned for, and carried out by workers who posses the skills and knowledge that is necessary for the task at hand. The correct equipment must be used to ensure worker safety. Even projects that are lower risk must still be planned with care. This course teaches delegates the following steps in Working at Height risk assessment:
- How to weigh up risk factors associated with a project
- How to avoid working at height (minimising risk) where possible
- How to prevent falls by using the right equipment if risk cannot be ruled out
- How to minimise the consequences and distance that a person may fall
- The differences between collective protection and personal protection equipment
- Financial impact associated with risk
This course is offered in either a half or full-day format, depending on business needs. Delegates receive a Phoenix Safety certificate upon successful completion of the Working at Height course.
Phoenix Safety offers confined safety training course all other the UK including: London, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Wirral, Wakefield, Cardiff, Dudley, Wigan, Coventry, Belfast, Leicester, Sunderland, Doncaster, Stockport and many more.