Working at Height

Working at Height and Harness Safety Course
Zoom Training Courses


Working at Height Safety Awareness
Practical Assessments online or onsite

Working at Height Kilkenny

Blended Learning

Zoom Conference Course
Practical Assessments online or onsite

Classroom Training with COVID-19 Protection


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
Ladder Safety Training Kilkenny

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
Edge Protection

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 done outside at MKD in the garden.

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

Working at Height, HSA  regulationsWhat is “work at height”?

Work at height means working in a place (except a staircase in a permanent workplace) where a person could be injured by falling from it, even if it is at or below ground level.

The work at height Regulations apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers and the self-employed.

Some examples of activities covered by the Regulations include: using a kick stool or stepladder in a stock-room or library; order picking using a fork-lift truck with an integrated platform; using a mobile elevating work platform to erect steel work; using trestles and ladders to paint or clean; changing lamps or ceiling tiles in an office; working on the back of a lorry to sheet a load; working on the top of a fuel truck; climbing masts or poles; rigging lighting for a concert or stage production; using harnesses and ropes professionally to instruct in abseiling or rock climbing; working close to an open excavation or cellar trap door; erecting bill posters at a height; erecting or working on a scaffold.

What are your duties as an employer?

You must do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent anyone falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.

The Regulations set out a simple hierarchy for managing work at a height:

  • avoid work at height where this is reasonably practicable;
  • use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where you cannot avoid working at height; and
  • where you cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall.The Regulations also require employers and the self employed to ensure that:
  • all work at height is properly planned, organised, supervised and carried out;
  • the place where work at height is done is safe;
  • all work at height takes account of weather conditions;
  • those involved in work at height are instructed and trained;
  • equipment for work at height is appropriately inspected;
  • the risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled; and
  • injury from falling objects is prevented.What do employees need to know about work at height?The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 places duties on employees to:
  • comply with statutory provision such at the work at height Regulations;
  • protect their own safety and health, as well as the safety and health of anyone who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work;
  • ensure that they are not under the influence of any intoxicant to the extent that they could be a danger to themselves or others while at work;
  • co-operate with their employer with regard to safety, health and welfare at work;
  • not engage in any improper conduct that could endanger their safety or health or that ofanyone else;
  • participate in safety and health training offered by their employer
  • make proper use of all machinery, tools, substances etc. and of all personal protective equipment provided for use at work; and
  • report any defects in the place of work, equipment etc. which might endanger safety and health.
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