Working at Height Training

The expertise your people need while working at height

Working at height involves accessing work locations which have an inherent risk of falling. It is not surprising that falling from height is the leading cause of workplace fatalities due to its prevalence in almost every industry sector, and the severe consequences of an accident occurring. However, there are numerous access systems to help mitigate the risk, from the basic to very complex. The access system chosen should be based on a thorough risk assessment, including the practicalities of completing a work task whilst using a particular system.

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Access systems and how the risk of falling is mitigated can be separated into collective and personal measures. The following give examples of each (non-exhaustive)


Collective – Protects more than one person

Scaffold Platforms
Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs)
Building Maintenance Unit (BMU) Cradles
Guard rails, Barriered Platforms/Rooftops
Parapet Walls
Safety Netting, Airbags, Padded systems

Personal – Protects the individual

Work restraint
Fall Arrest systems
Work Positioning
Industrial Rope Acc

Personal systems require 3 fundamental components which should be appropriate for the fall protection system:

  • Anchors
  • Connecting Lanyards/Devices
  • Harness

The variety of access systems and personal fall protection equipment make it paramount that those conducting risk assessments, planning works, and ultimately using the equipment, are trained and competent to do so. We provide a range of work at height training, courses and services, focusing mainly on the higher risk area of - Personal Fall Protection Systems. These access systems require more in-depth user knowledge and a safe learning environment to practice techniques under supervision.

Watch this short video tutorial below about fall factors when utilising personal fall protection systems and click here to find out about our working at height facillities in our safety centres.


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What is working at height?

Work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury
Every employer shall ensure that work at height is:
A. Properly planned (to include rescue and emergencies)
B. Appropriately supervised
C. Carried out in a safe manner
The Hierarchy of control used for planning work at height activities is:
Avoid – working at height where possible 
Prevent – falls from occurring 
Minimise – the distance and consequence of a fall 

Is dialling 999 a viable rescue plan for workers at height?

No. As detailed in the Work at Height Regulations (2005, Reg 4) employers must ensure that emergencies involving those working at height are planned for, so that employees are self-sufficient and can get themselves, or a co-worker to a ‘safe’ location e.g. easily accessible by a paramedic.

When is a ladder right for the job?

The law says that ladders can be used for work at height when a risk assessment has shown that using equipment offering a higher level of fall protection is not justified because of the low risk and short duration of use; or there are existing workplace features which cannot be altered.

Work Restraint

a technique whereby a person is prevented - by means of personal fall protection equipment - from reaching zones where the risk of a fall from a height exists. This system is not designed to arrest a fall.

Fall Arrest 

a system whereby the distance and consequences of a fall is minimised by use of an appropriate fall protection system, usually consisting of a full body harness connected to a suitable shock absorbing lanyard/system. This system will not prevent a free fall, only limit distance and impact force.

Work Positioning 

a technique that enables a person to work supported in tension or suspension by personal fall protection equipment in such a way that a fall from a height is prevented or restricted (normally used in conjunction with an independently anchored back-up/fall arrest system.

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