Safety guidelines for working from heights
A ‘work safely at heights’ course covers the requirements for people who are required to work at heights in industries such as infrastructure and resources.
Successfully completing this course will allow you to inspect, fit and use height safety equipment whilst working at heights.
When is fall protection required?
Safe Work NSW reports that falls from heights are the biggest killer on NSW construction sites, and that “most serious and fatal falls are from roofs, ladders or scaffolds, from a height of between 2.1 and 4 metres.”
The criteria for what constitutes ‘height’ doesn’t seem very high at all: working at heights could mean working as low down as the second rung of a ladder. However, working at any height requires you to have your wits about you at all times, and to understand some critical concepts to keep you and your teammates safe.
A worker must have fall protection if there is a falling hazard that could result in injury or death. This equipment can include a harness, static lines, lanyards and other equipment, as well as environmental controls like edge protection fencing and scaffolding.
All equipment needs to be regularly inspected and checked too, making sure it is not damaged and will still perform in the event of an emergency.
Learning the risks and how to choose, use and manage fall protection equipment is key to keeping you safe, which is why working at heights training is so important!
The risks of working at height
A wide range of risks come into play whenever working at height is involved.
Falls, of course, are the main concern with the potential for serious injury or death. Ladders, work platforms and scaffolding all require approved installation and detailed inspection before they are used to ensure their safety.
Being particularly careful around edges and drop-offs is vital, as is looking after tools and equipment so that they don’t fall from a height and injure other workers below.
Above all, it’s important to always work with a buddy in any potentially dangerous situation at heights. Whether you are working on a multi-story development or a simple residential roof, always have another worker with you in case of an accident.
Safe Work at Heights Course Format
RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights is a one day course run at our locations in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
On completion of the course, participants will have a good understanding of:
- Legislative Requirements: WHS, Australian Standards and Codes of Practice
- Planning to work at Heights: Hazard management and consultation
- Following Procedures: Equipment Inspections, reporting and manufacturer’s instructions
- Working at Height: access, egress, height safety equipment use
- Conclude Work: Clean up, inspection, storage and reporting
Outcome of the Work Safely at Heights course
Finishing this course will give you a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights.
Why Choose Kallibr for your Working at Heights course?
Real equipment and real site conditions are what you get when you train with Kallibr. Whether it’s at your site or ours, our realistic training centre conditions prepare you for the best outcomes on the job.
We’re a registered training organisation specialise in high-risk work licences for skills such as rigging, dogging, height safety, scaffolding, elevated work platform, confined space training and crane operation, with experienced and knowledgeable trainers across a range of areas. From lifting to earthmoving to safety, our trainers are dedicated to making working at heights training an enjoyable experience for your team.
With large and well-equipped training facilities centrally located in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, we’re here to make your training experience as true to life as possible.
Book your Working at Heights Training in Melbourne
If you need to book group height safety training in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, get in touch with the Kallibr team or book a working at heights course online.
We take group bookings for your team which you can pre-book months ahead of time, helping you to get your staff training courses sorted. Book a single slot or a full day of training for up to 10 staff at once – take a look at our training calendar of upcoming courses to view prices and book online.