What To Expect On A Work At Height Course
Anybody in the UK who works at height needs to undergo the requisite safety training that will help them to avoid having an accident and falling at work. Within Britain’s main industrial sectors the highest rate of fatal injuries are seen in the construction, agricultural and waste/recycling industries. The most common accidents which result in a fatal injury are falls from height (this is followed by being struck by a vehicle and being struck by moving or falling objects). Luckily, fatal work injuries in the UK have taken a downward turn, with figures decreasing year upon year. However, this is no reason to be complacent – it’s still vital that we continuously look at ways in which injuries can be prevented and this is where safety training can play such an important part.
Working at Height Training is a legal requirement under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR). It is the responsibility of all employers here in the UK to ensure that their employees undergo suitable working at height training if they are expected to work on ladders, mobile step platforms or other types of access equipment. Working at height training is available from several providers in the UK and the course can be tailored to suit the type of work being undertaken. Training courses may take place at a specialised training centre or employers may arrange for the training to be given in house.
The course agenda should include:
- A legal overview of both Health and Safety and Work at Height Regulations
- Guidance and information about working at height
- Description or definition of the “Competent Person”
- Guidance on working at height
- Details of industry training bodies
- Safe use of steps and ladders
- Safe use of mobile tower scaffolds and scaffolding (including selection, erection and dismantling)
- Mobile and elevated working platforms (MEWPs)
Working at height training is essential for people whose job requires them to work at heights and involves using the necessary safety equipment to work safely. This includes trades people, administrative and clerical workers. The course is also suitable for managers/supervisors who are responsible for those working at heights and will equip them with a better understanding of the process and how to manage it safely. The training will include a hands-on practical element that is designed to ensure users are confident when working at height. The course should include written guidelines and handouts that can be used on an ongoing basis to ensure that safety is always a priority when working at height.
Those attending the courses are encouraged to ask questions and discuss their own experience of working at height. When working at height it’s essential that risks are never taken – this work at height training is absolutely essential to minimize the risk of injury or accidents at work.