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Covered in this Working at Heightcourse

Course contents

This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 Working at Height
  2. 2 The Risks
  3. 3 Choosing Equipment
Someone falling from height - Working at Height Training
Section 1 of our Working at Height Training looks at legal responsibilities

Working at Height is not JUST limited to being somewhere high above ground level. The HSE defines working at height as being anywhere which “if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury” - meaning fall protection and prevention needs to be in place. In this section, we’ll look at what legal responsibilities you and your employer have with regards to safety when working at height.

Person falling from height in section 2 of our Working at Height Training

Whether you're working up a skyscraper or you're on the back of a lorry unloading a delivery, working at height always comes with risks. When most people think of working at height, they tend to imagine being really high up - on the roof of a building, for example - but actually, most accidents from height occur no more than two metres from the ground. In this section we’ll look at ways of reducing the risks of working at any height, what safety precautions should be taken, and why risk assessments are so important to preventing falls at work.

Choosing the right equipment when working at height is crucial

When it comes to choosing the right equipment for working at height, there are many things you need to consider. You need to think about the equipment’s suitability for the job and the stability of the surrounding area; you need to think about the length of time you’ll be using the equipment and lots more. This final section of the course will cover everything you need to think about before choosing equipment to use for work at height, you’ll also see some useful tips on how to stay safe when using it and best practices for working at height.

About this course

In the UK, falls from height account for over a quarter of all workplace fatalities, making it the leading cause of death at work. Add to this 43,000 non-fatal accidental injuries and you begin to get an idea of just how dangerous working at height can be.

However, despite being both common and dangerous, falls from height are also completely avoidable. All it takes is a little extra care, planning, and attention to detail and falls from height can be almost entirely prevented; whilst the effects of those that do still occur can be dramatically reduced.

At its core, this Working at Height Training programme takes the requirements of the Working at Height Regulations 2005 and the best-practice suggestions of the accompanying HSE guidance document and creates a course which is simple and concise yet comprehensive, ensuring that everyone understands their responsibilities and how to stay safe.

The course breaks the topic of working at height down into three easy-to-follow sections; the legal responsibilities of both employers and employees; the dangers associated with work at height and how to stay safe; and an in-depth look at the kinds of equipment which might be used, their benefits, and how to manage risks working at height poses.

Working in confined spaces? You may also be interested in our Working in Confined Spaces training courseas well as our Ladder Safety Training.

Chris Miller, a presenter of Working at Height Training

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Chris Miller

The importance of Working at Height Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Working at Height Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Working at Height Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Working at Height Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Working at Height Certificate

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Why is this Working at Height training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005

For both employees and those that are self-employed, The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require that:

  • All work at height is properly planned and organised.
  • All work at height takes account of weather conditions that could endanger health and safety.
  • Those involved in work at height are trained and competent
  • The place where work at height is done is safe
  • Equipment used when working at height is appropriately inspected
  • The risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled
  • The risks from falling objects are properly controlled

Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury

The Work at Height Regulations 2005, Section 6 (3)

When work is to be done at height risks must be assessed. There are duties placed on employers, the self-employed and on any person who controls the work of others; and there are also duties placed on employees and on people working under someone else's control.

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Frequently asked questions

Anyone who performs tasks at height, including using ladders, scaffolds, or elevated platforms, should receive working at height training.
The frequency of training depends on the type of work being performed and the risks associated with it. Workers who perform tasks at low heights may only need training once a year, while those who work at extreme heights may require more frequent training.