Working at Height


Working at Height Safety Awareness
Practical Assessments online or onsite

Blended Learning

Zoom Conference Course
Practical Assessments online or onsite


Onsite Course with Practical Assessments
If COVID-19 Prevention can be Facilitated

Why do we need Training?

Falls from height kill more people in construction than any other cause. In Ireland over the last ten years deaths in construction have fallen, yet the number of fatalities caused by falls from height is rising. Many fatal falls are from 4 metres or less. Safe systems of work must be in place for any work at height to protect workers.
For any work at height which involves the use of a harness,  a rescue plan must be in place.

Work at Height must be planned

Tasks should be planned to avoid work at height. If work at height cannot be avoided then equipment or other control measures must be used to prevent the risk of a fall. If the risk of a fall cannot be eliminated measures must be implemented to minimise the distances and consequences of a fall should one occur.

What is Work at Height?

Working at height is work in any place, (except a permanent staircase) where a person could be injured by falling, even if it is at or below ground level.

  • Working off ladders
  • Scaffolding & Roof work
  • Working from a MEWP
  • Working on top of a lorry 
  • Working at the side of a trench or excavation
  • Rigging lighting for concerts 
  • Changing a light bulb while standing on a chair

Collective fall protection measures are far more desirable than individual fall protection systems. PPE is the last resort in fall protection

Course Outline

  • What is Working at Height, Why do we need training?
  • Legislation & Regulations
  • Ladder Safety
  • Fall Hazards
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Safe Working at Heights
  • Work At Height Equipment
  • Protection – Fall Arrest & Fall Restraint
  • Emergencies at Height
  • Equipment Care
  • Safe Harness & Lanyard Practices
  • Detailed inspections of Harnesses & Lanyards

Factors Involved in Falls from Height

  • Failure at design stage
  • Failure to provide a safe place of work
  • Failure to provide safe plant / equipment 
  • Inadequate information, instruction, training or supervision
  • Failure to use the proper equipment
  • Weather conditions
  • Inadequate Risk Assessments 
  • Unsafe practices


  • The Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005
  • Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013
  • SHWW Act (General Applications) Regulations 2007, Part 4 – Work at Height
  • Code of Practice for Access & Working Scaffolds 2018
  • Code of Practice for Safety in Roof Work 2011

Pricing: Zoom Conference

  • €50 per trainee, 1-2-1 is fine, same price 
  • Zoom Conference with practical online or at MKD
  • Same day service, Certs issued upon payment
  • Practicals with instructor online

Pricing: Onsite Training

  • 2 – 7 trainees €50 each
  • Class of 10 €350
  • Minimum €150 for onsite visit:
  • Adequate COVID-19 Prevention Measures must be in place
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