Health and Safety Executive statistics show that working at height remains one of biggest causes of major injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Falls from height are the most common cause of fatalities, accounting for nearly three in ten (29%) fatal injuries to workers. Injuries can be caused by falling from ladders or through fragile surfaces.
Because of the associated dangers, there is a specific regulation governing all work at height, which means any work that could result in a person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury. The Working at Height Regulations 2005 require all such work to be properly planned, with an effective risk assessment in place and work equipment that is appropriate for the work being carried out, and has been inspected and maintained. Anyone carrying out work at height are also required to be competent.
The EssentialSkillz Working at Heights online training has been designed to inform any employees who might be engaged with working at height about the potential risks involved. Using illustrative examples, it explains what working at height means and the protective measures to implement.
The online Working at Heights training highlights potential risks to raise the awareness of your employees, particularly exploring the risks associated with low level working at heights. The course demonstrates effective and appropriate approaches to safe working practices, focusing on different ways to ‘avoid, prevent and reduce’ risks, including fall prevention, protections systems and procedures to prevent falling objects.
Like all the EssentialSkillz courses, Working at Heights online course can be customised to meet your needs, enabling your workforce to understand the specific policies and procedures you have developed for your organisation. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation, all at no extra cost.
Main Sections within the course:
- Access Equipment
- Using Ladders
- Prevent and Protect
- Final Test