A working at heights ticket is essential for any construction workers and utilities crews working off the ground – as little as two metres off the ground in fact!
This doesn’t seem very high, but with falls from heights being one of the leading causes of death and serious injury on building sites in Australia, it’s critical to know what you’re doing to keep yourself and your mates safe.
Who needs a working at heights ticket?
Workers across a whole range of industries can benefit from height safety training, including:
- Civil construction workers and builders
- Linesman and utility repair crews
- Flatbed truck drivers that may need to climb onto the back of their truck to unload materials
- Roofers (and anyone tiling or painting a roof)
- Solar panel installation teams
- Agricultural workers and harvesters
Height safety training is recommended for any tradespeople or workers in these industries, to reduce the risk of falls and accidents.
The working at heights certificate, RIIWHS204D, is a nationally recognised qualification that proves workers have the necessary competency to work at heights, such as on a roof or a multi-deck construction project.
What does a working at heights certificate allow you to do?
When you complete your working at heights training and obtain your licence, you are certified to inspect, fit and use height safety equipment whilst working at heights.
(You’ll also be able to pull out your working at heights ticket as evidence of training in the use of harnesses and other safety equipment – this is essential for ensuring your site procedures are up to scratch should you receive a visit from your local WHS inspector.)
Course outcomes for working at heights:
- You’ll learn the legislative requirements including WHS, Australian Standard AS/NZS1891.4 2009 and relevant Codes of Practice
- You’ll understand how to plan to work at heights, including managing hazards and consulting with other
- You’ll learn how to follow set procedures, including equipment inspections, reporting and manufacturer’s instructions
- You will learn the ins and outs of working at height such as access, egress and using appropriate height safety equipment such as fall arrest and restraint equipment
- And finally, you’ll learn how to inspect and store height safety equipment and report any hazards
5 Height safety tips for civil construction
- Eliminate the risk whenever possible: if a task can be done at ground level rather than up high, that is always the safest option
- Never work alone – always work with a buddy when there is potential for a fall
- According to Safe Work NSW, most fatal and serious falls occur from a height of four metres or less, so don’t skip your safety procedures if you think you’re not that far off the ground! Have your SWMS organised for any work above 2 metres.
- Learn the best practices for working at height through a course run by a registered training organisation – make sure you train with an RTO to get the best quality, nationally recognised training
- WHS inspectors often blitz construction sites to check compliance and talk with employers and workers about how to work safely at heights. Making sure your team is adequately trained means you’re not only keeping them safe, but you’re also keeping your project squared away and not leaving yourself open to fines. On-the-spot fines of up to $3,600 may be issued to those placing workers’ lives at risk by not adequately protecting them when working at heights – protect your team (and your bank account) and get your height safety tickets in order.
Working at heights course: online bookings
The Kallibr team is here to support you and your crew to get certified in height safety. With easy online bookings for working at height training, you can plan ahead and get training for your new recruits organised in minutes!
Our experienced, down to earth instructors make learning fun and engaging, whilst your team learns all the important skills to become competent in height safety procedures.
Plus we offer easy bookings for group height safety training, so you can get the crew together, learn vital skills, and then apply to your local workplace health and safety authority to get your working at heights ticket.
Enrol yourself or your crew in the RIIWHS204D work at heights training course and start working safely at heights. Take a look at the course page for more information and course outcomes, and view our live calendar for upcoming intakes.