Height Safety & Fall Arrest – with Rescue
Working with PCTI (Pacific Coast Technical Institute), we have developed an NZQA approved “Training Scheme” (NZQA Ref: C28797) for this Working At Heights course.
Course Aim: To impart knowledge and awareness of hazards at height, and set-up and work on appropriate fall arrest systems do improve work and safety within the construction industry.
Benefits: It has been noted from trainee and industry feedback following the course, some even months after the course completion, that the individuals have improved their safety standards within their working environment. They also have noticed that their work-rate has improved due to a combination of knowledge of their fall arrest system, and a greater trust in their equipment. When an employee trusts their equipment, they naturally can concentrate more on the work at hand, rather than fussing over the negative thoughts of equipment failure (which is virtually unheard especially when equipment is effectively maintained).
Duration: Depending on the course / NZQA unit standards, the durations are as follows:
Basic Height Safety Course: This is a one day course that covers unit standard 17600; Explain Safe Work Practices for Working at Height. Cost $280 + GST (Including NZQA credits)
Full Height Safety Course -previously known as the Fall Arrest Course: Two complete days. 8am – 5pm (extra day/s may be required for site specific training -specialist rescue training). The course is specifically written to include the contents of unit standards;
17600; Explain Safe Work Practices for Working at Height (One day course when conducted by itself.
23229; Use a Harness for Personal Fall Protection When Working at Height (Pre-requisite for both 15757 & 25045).
15757; Use, Install, and Disestablish Proprietary Fall Arrest System when working at height Full course is $525 + GST (Including NZQA credits)
Elective Unit Standard (a small fee may be charged to register these extra credits)
25045; Employ Height Safety Equipment in the Workplace (Can be run in the place of 15757 in the two day course)
So What’s Involved? The Height Safety course has been designed to give trainees both the theoretical and practical knowledge and awareness of height specific hazards, including:
- The Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, associated Regulations, and Guidelines for Working at Height. What these actually mean.
- Hazards Associated with Different Height Work (e.g. Roofers, Scaffolders, Window Cleaners, Construction/Builders, Maintenance Workers and Inspectors)
- Equipment associated with safely working at heights in many industry situations.
- Hierarchy of Fall Arrest and Fall Restraint
- Fall Distances vs Forces Exerted on the Body
- Suspension Trauma
- Isolation of Height Hazards vs Minimisation –signage, policies & PPE
The course also covers a very wide range of Fall Arrest equipment it’s appropriate use and maintenance; The need for a rescue plan, and the basic requirements for rescue in all working at height situations. Following theoretical elements of the course, trainees then move into the practical phase. The practical component of the course covers:
- The checking, fitting of, and working in various fall arrest and rope access harnesses;
- check common height safety equipment for serviceability;
- design and set up a suitable fall arrest system for a given situation;
- work safely on a fall arrest system that the trainee set up;
- design and set up a fall arrest system -with a pre-set rescue system in place;
- implementation and working on a fall arrest system; and
- conducting a self-rescue and assisted rescues on, and from, basic fall arrest systems;
Pre-requisite: The trainee must not have any blood circulation issues or infections of main organs –e.g. Low blood pressure, bladder/kidney infections. All trainees will be working in harnesses, and will be suspended for a short period, in order to give them an understanding the requirements for a rescue system to be in place at all times. – An individual will normally have an average of 10 minutes suspended in a fall arrest harness before serious injury will occur i.e. Suspension Trauma. This is never taken for granted, as circulation problems / disorders can reduce this time greatly.
* Suspension Trauma: As opposed to what is commonly thought, suspension trauma is actually gravity causing the blood to pool in the legs, reducing oxygenated blood to the brain. This happens when a person is suspended in a harness, as their legs are unable to push against the ground (or a surface), to pump the blood back to the upper body. In the lower body, the muscles “squeese” the veins to push the blood back up. (this is same reason that a soldier will pass-out on a parade ground if they forget to wiggle their toes, and slowly move up and down on the balls of their feet -“Orthostatic Intolerance”).
For more information or to book a course, please contact us today
This course is provided through a contracting arrangement between the primary contract holder, PCTI (Pacific Coast Technical Insitiute) and it’s sub-contractor, Elite Training Services Limited.