Training is not just about ‘Generic Principles’, it’s about improving site safety, awareness and productivity through workplace, trade and job specific guidance.
WHY SHOULD YOU BE TRAINED?
Safety harness training courses are best if they can be tailored to your place of work, the job being done, sequence of work, restrictions and equipment suitability. For example, it’s best to consider the work methodology, processes, height safety and equipment requirements for a particular job, take into account the nature of the job being done and the surrounding environment, access and restrictions and the course should then provide specific guidance for how to do the work safely. Working at height today requires an awareness of the inherent dangers in the job being done and the environment in which the work is being carried out. It needs the worker to be vigilant and have an attitude and willingness to take great care. Workers need to be trained to achieve a higher standard of competence in order to work safely at height. Targeted application and task specific knowledge can improve a workers confidence and overall safety and will also go a long way in preventing accidents, serious injuries, and even the loss of life.
Ladders account for 14 fatalities per year to workers and 60% of those killed or seriously injured had fallen from below head height. With some 1226 major injuries, falls from ladders and stepladders account for almost a third of all injuries and cost the UK economy around £60 million each year.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A HARNESS SAFETY TRAINING COURSE
A Basic safety harness training course for working at height needs to be specifically designed for anyone whose job requires them to work at height, and which involves them using the necessary height safety equipment to do this work safely. The aim of a harness safety course should be to keep it simple yet effective, while making sure that all the key subject areas are covered. This type of course should concentrate on what the delegate really needs to know for the nature of the work being done, for specific work applications and work locations. Special regard needs to be given to the level of competence of the worker to ensure that delegates are fully competent and able to identify and be aware of the risks involved and have the understanding and skills to work safely at height. The result should be that delegates leave the course retaining the information, understanding it’s personal to them and their safety, which will also help to reduce skill fade. On completion of a harness safety training course the delegates should be competent to work safely at height with strong hazard awareness and a sound theoretical knowledge and practical experience of using fall arrest equipment.
Candidates should be taken out into their workplace for practical training and to gain real on the job experience. At this time the delegate would be evaluated to assess their capabilities and correct any short-comings. A practical assessment should also allow candidates to voice any concerns or issues they may have about their working environment and the equipment they use. This practical focus will allow the candidate to feel more confident in their abilities and gain a stronger competency for the use of fall arrest equipment relative to the application.
Delegates need to have the ability to assess the risks and requirements needed for safely working at height in their scope of work. They also need to be able to use their job specific fall protection equipment with a high level of efficiency and confidence, as well as have the practical ability to utilise the equipment correctly and safely.