Training Focus: Working at Height Course Bristol & Bath
Last month I focused on Working at Height as an industry spotlight where I spoke about current accident statistics showing that falls from a height are a significant cause of injuries to workers and shared information on topics such as responsibilities, risk assessing and preventing falls.
This month, I would like to talk about our recently re-launched Working at Height Course which is aimed at Managers and Supervisors who are responsible for planning, managing/ organising work activities at height, as well as those who carry out the work activity.
We deliver training to people from many industry sectors. Although mainly in the construction industry, working at heights is one of the greatest risks taken within many other industries and therefore clear safety information and consideration is required when anyone is working at height.
Managing health and safety at work, including height work, should be part of the day to day operation of an organisation, and an integral part of workers behaviour and attitude towards safe working. Based upon strong leadership and involving employees with sufficient skill, knowledge and experience who are trusted to work safely, a management system should involve processes and procedures to ensure legal compliance as a minimum standard.
All work at height must be properly planned, supervised and organised. This will require co-operation and communication between all parties.
The place of work must be safe. Temporary platforms should be designed by a competent person and built by trained and competent people (or under the supervision of a competent person). Existing places of work should be reviewed to see if any measures are needed to ensure compliance with the Work at Height Regulations which require inspections of workplaces and equipment, including any fall prevention equipment. All those working at height must be trained and competent. The requirements for training and competence will depend on the work being done, but they should have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to perform the work tasks.
Our pragmatic approach to training ensures all delegates understand how they can work at height safely and legally.
Our course programme employs a variety of teaching techniques to meet the needs of individual delegates and includes the following:
- An overview of working activities involving risk of injury from working at height
- Actual cases and examples of criminal and civil litigation
- The occurrence of bad practice in the workplace
- Planning work at height
- Supervision of work at height
- Organising work at height
- Selection of appropriate access equipment and formal inspections
- Risk assessment
- Main precautions to prevent falls and falling materials
This course is 3 hours (half day) in duration and runs approximately every 3 months as an Open course at our Warmley training centre or we can carry out in-house group training at your premises.
Roger Broadbent, Consultant and Lead Working at Height Trainer