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Course Title:   Working at Heights

Description:  The training will provide the basic knowledge on working at heights with insight into the use and limitations of a limited range of fall arrest equipment as well as Inspecting, assembling and storing fall arrest equipment.

Duration:             1 Day

Audience:         Employees, Supervisors, Safety Officers, Purchasers and Managers

  • Basic knowledge of the limitations of a limited range of fall arrest equipment and regulation. 

    • Differences between full body harnesses and work positioning systems.
    • Full range of the fall arrest equipment.
    • Limitations and use of fall arrest equipment and full arrest connectors.
    • Risks of using a non-energy absorbing lanyard.
    • Uses of a fall arrester on rigid and flexible anchorage lines.
    • Purpose for the fall arrest plan.
  • Inspecting, assembling and storing fall arrest equipment. 

    • Personal fall arrest equipment inspection.
    • Assembling and fitting Personal fall arrest and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
    • Differences between an activated energy absorbing lanyard and an intact lanyard.
    • Certification and other requirements for personal fall arrest equipment.
    • The safety impact of helmets with chinstrap.
    • Equipment storage.
  • Anchor points  

    • Purpose of an anchor point.
    • Differences between planned and self-identified anchor points.
    • Safe loads and compatibility with personal equipment.
  • Using fall arrest systems with double lanyards. 

    • The safety practice of “minimum free space”.
    • Ways to deal with limited “fall clearance and/or free space”.
    • Switching over from a double lanyard system to an installed lifeline in line with safe practices.
    • Using the retractable lifeline and a work positioning lanyard according to safe practices.
    • Ways to reduce the arrest distance.
    • Ways to transport tools or equipment
  • Using pre-installed vertical and horizontal life-lines. 

    • Purposes and uses of lifelines.
    • Differences between vertical and horizontal lifelines.
    • Correct attachment to lifelines.
    • Teamwork in rescue situations.
    • Minimising suspension trauma.
    • Practical steps in reducing suspension trauma.
  • Course Notes 

    Learner will be capable to understand and explain relevant aspects of the following:

    • Learner will be capable to understand and explain fall arrest equipment and limitations, fall factors and shock loading as well as legislation governing work at height.