Working at Heights Training

Falls from working with ladders and scaffolding are the single biggest cause of workplace deaths, these falls can stop production for days while investigations take place. This means lost working time and profits for your company however there’s a way you can help prevent this from happening. These injuries happen mostly because employees have not been given the correct training and are not aware of the safety procedures to follow. In this training module, you’ll learn how to comply with your duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 (OHSA) and you will be trained on the safety rules to follow when working with ladders and scaffolding.

This course covers the following modules:

  • Working at Heights Introduction
  • Employers Duties and Employees when the Work-at-Heights
  • Ladders used, Design and Safety
  • Scaffolding
  • Rules for Scaffolding
  • Assessment - True / False

Working at Heights

  •  Individuals will obtain skills and experience as well as knowledge necessary to set up and select working at heights equipment for safe use and operation.
  •  Individuals will obtain the necessary skills to enable them to identify risks pertaining to working at heights in the workplace.
  •  Individuals will obtain the necessary skills to enable them to eliminate the risk of severe injuries.
  •  You will obtain the necessary skills to enable you to eliminate the risk of fatal height working or scaffolding injuries.
  •  Individuals receiving training will be competent to do the task at hand in a safe manner.
  •  Individuals will be able to plan and organise work effectively.
  •  Individuals will be able to perform a risk assessment for any working at heights planned.
  •  Individuals will be able to select the appropriate work equipment to complete the task safely.
  •  Individuals will be able to properly inspect and maintain all scaffolding equipment that is being used.
  •  Individuals will demonstrate to others that they are taking the necessary steps to meet the requirements in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993. 

What is 'working at heights'?
If you work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall to cause personal injury.

What are the legal requirements for working-at-heights in South Africa?
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, the Employer will provide a competent person for doing the work. According to the construction regulation every work site must have a fall protection plan that will cover training for working at heights, equipment for working at heights and rescue procedures for working at heights.

What do I need for a safe working at heights system?
> A fall protection plan.
> A fall arrest system.
> A rope access system.
> Equipment that is certified and inspected.
> Safe anchor points and safe anchor lines.
> Training provided to prove competence.
> Rescue equipment
> Rescue plans
> Licensed technician.

Download your free Ladder Inspection Checklist.

Find your Ladder Inspector Appointment Letter here.

When putting up scaffolding, how can I prevent falls?
By using an advanced guard rail system you can prevent falls during the erection of scaffolding. If this is not practicable you should wear a harness to prevent the fall.

What is rope access?
To be suspended in the air without your feet touching a standing platform. Rope access is a method used of using ropes to access your work area. A rope access system consist of two ropes, one rope is used for the working platform and the other rope is used as the fall arrest system.

Fall Arrest Systems
Fall Arrest Systems with Rescue
Fall Protection Planner