Work at Height Training

General Industry – Access and Rescue

Course Particulars

Duration: 16 Hours

Student/Instructor Ratio: 6:1

Training Compliance: HSA, HSA, OSHA, COHSR

Course Description

Designed around the specific requirements of the wind industry, this Working at Height Group Access and Rescue at Height training course delivers the foundation training for climbers who work at height within construction or general industry on structures.

The course enables candidates to be competent in risk assessing their work area and to assist candidates on how to decide what equipment is needed to work safely. Also, the inspection (GA3) inspection on the safety harness is covered on the course in accordance with the relevant regulations.

During the course delegates are taught the dangers of working at height on a structure and provided with the essential underpinning knowledge required to work safely within this environment. Training covers use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for working safely at height and rescue equipment for personal escape or casualty rescue requirements.

Training also demonstrates appropriate decision making when addressing hazards through the adoption of preventative safety culture.

The course involves candidate participation with the emphasis being on the practical element of the training.

Learning Objectives;

  • Establish the importance within the culture of prevention
  • Establish awareness and adherence to statutory requirements and company policies
  • Identify fall risks of the work environment and conduct pre-climb protocol
  • Demonstrate the first principles of fall protection equipment including care and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate the first principles of fall rescue equipment
  • Effect a successful self-evacuation
  • Effect a successful ladder rescue
  • Effect a successful lowering a remote casualty
  • Effect a successful raising a remote casualty
  • Effect a successful rescue of another in descent

Course Content

  • Registration, Introduction, Appeals process, Under pinning knowledge
  • Legislation, Ireland – UK – USA – CA
  • Understanding Safety
  • Identifying Hazards and Implementing Control Measures under safe access and rescue
  • Risk Assessment
  • PPE Inspection
  • Types of Safety Harness
  • Wearing the Safety Harness
  • Approach to Fall Protection
  • Fall arrest V Fall restraint lanyards
  • Anchor points.
  • Fall Rescue Equipment
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Suspension Syndrome
  • Written Examination
  • Practical Assessments

Working at Height Group Practical Assessment is within Safe Access & Rescue requirement’s for technicians covers the four types of rescues defined by the Work at Height Safety Association (WAHSA);

  1. Lowering a remote casualty
  2. Raising a remote casualty
  3. 3. Self-evacuation by descent
  4. Rescuing another in descent

The training also develops team rescue strategies, procedures and protocol essential to implementation of a successful rescue.

Students are evaluated in accordance with Working at Height Group main objectives for work at height.


  • Authorized Inspection PFPE
  • Emergency Rescue Equipment
  • 1st Principles of PFPE
  • Post Fall Suspension Mitigation Techniques
  • Conduct a Pre-climb Checklist
  • 1st Principles Safe Climb System and Ladders
  • Ladder Rescue
  • Self-Evacuation by Descent (self / partner)
  • Lowering a remote casualty (tower inside / tower outside
  • Multi-person Rescue
  • Over the Edge Rigging for Rescue


All delegates must have a valid First Aid and Manual Handling certificates, The delegate must have certified and fully inspected PPE to qualify for this course.

PPE Required

  • Helmet: 4 Point Anchor Helmet.
  • Work Positioning and Fall Arrest Industrial Harness.
  • Work Positioning Lanyard.
  • Fall Arrest Lanyard.
  • Limited Fall Arrester.
  • Personal Rescue Kit.
  • Safety boots with Toe Protection and Knee Protection.

Resource Materials;

Working at Height Group Delegate Training Manual

Working at Height Group Certificate, I.D. Card and Helmet Certification Sticker

Working at Height Group Training Courses

All Working at Height Group training exercises are implemented under a “Knowledge, Skills and Attitude Based Evolution Process” which the delegate experiences as a layering approach.

All training can be conducted in accordance with the following Legislations;

(IE) Ireland – Safety, Health & Welfare Act 2005

(IE) Ireland -Safety, Health & Welfare Act 2007 Part 4 – Work at Height

(EU) Europe – EU Directive 89/391/EEC and Criteria for OSH of Article 153

(USA) United States Of America – OSHA 1926 Subpart M

(USA) United States Of America – ANSI Z359/Z459 Standards

(CA) Canada – Occupational Health and Safety Regulations SOR/86-304, Sections 12.01 to 12.09


Students must be medically and physically fit with a desire to work at heights.

The training environment may require the use of specialized access methods such as those employed within suspension and rope access practices. These practices may be utilized as effective safety tools within the delivery of this program.

They are not to be considered trained upon within this program.

All training programs are structured upon a pass or fail determination criteria and are in accordance with Work at Height  Criteria for accepted practices in safety, health, and environmental training  and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.


Additional Courses for a continuance for our Work at Height training course

Part 2 of this course Advanced Rescuer is optional (Course Code: WAH01IEb)

Part 3 of this course Trauma at Height is optional (Course Code: WAH01IEc)

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