Working at Heights Course

This course is required under the 2005 Safety, Health and Welfare Act and the 2007 General Application Regulations (part 4).

The working at heights regulations apply to all work at heights where there is a risk of a fall resulting in personal injury. The regulations place duties on employers and the self-employed.

Working at heights is classified as work in any place, including a place at, above or below ground level, where a person could be injured if they fell from that place:

  • Working on trestles
  • Working on a flat roof
  • Erecting false work or formwork
  • Working on a ladder
  • Working at ground level adjacent to an excavation
  • Working on formwork within an excavation
  • Working near or adjacent to fragile material

NOTE:      This course is only available on an in-company basis.

Course Duration & Number Of Delegates

  • DURATION:    Half Day
  • No. of delegates: 12 maximum

Learning Objectives

 Participants will be able to:

       Identify and understand the key factors involved in setting up and maintaining a 

         safe system of work at heights. 

       Select and check ladders and harness equipment including lanyards and 

         anchorage for working at heights.

Course Content

  • Relevant legislation (G.A. Regs 2007) including requirements relating to inspection
  • Causes of accidents at heights
  • Height safety systems
  • Fall prevention
  • Ladder safety
  • Types of harness
  • Selection of correct harness for specific tasks
  • Harness maintenance, inspection and testing
  • Types of lanyard
  • Types of karabiner and anchorage
  • Requirements for safe anchor points
  • Inspection and risk assessment


Participants receive a Certification of Attendance from Western Management Centre.