Working At Height


Created for everyone working at height at work.  Learners are educated on the widely recognised best-practice principles for remining safe while working at height.  Certificate emailed on completion.

DURATION | 50 minutes

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Working at Height course



This online Working at Height course is helpful because the biggest cause of workplace fatalities are falls from height (UK HSE statistics).  Many of these accidents were preventable if employers ensure only competent staff undertake working at height.  After completing the course you or your staff will have developed the knowledge needed to work at height safely.

At the end of the online working at height course there is a 20-question, multiple-choice assessment.  Participants must achieve a minimum pass mark to evidence understanding and receive their completion certificate.



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First, we will provide a definition of working at height, an introduction to health and safety requirements, legislation and discuss the importance of training.  We will then give you an overview of the planning stages prior to working at height.

After doing your pre-use checks we will guide you on how to fit your harness and look at the various emergency considerations you will need to know. We will also discuss suspension trauma which will show you how to react in the event of a fall.

The final section covers best practice while working with ladders.



Firstly, we will provide a definition of working at height and highlight the applicable legislation.  Then highlight the hazards and mitigating factors to consider.  For example, weather, ground conditions, task duration, height, surfaces and equipment.


Secondly,  we details the various safeguards in place to reduce the risks associated with working at heights. These safeguards start with the a hierarchy of control.  Where working at height cannot be avoided we highlight, anchor points and personal fall protection equipment (PFPE) best-practice.


It is important to know what to do in the event of an emergency before your work commences.  In this third section we highlight emergency considerations what help to ensure safety in the workplace.  Including, suspension trauma, reflow syndrome, the do’s and don’t of fall protection.


Many injuries are caused due to the misuse of ladders.  Here we look at what you need to know to work safety with ladders.  Including, placement, pre-use checks, when ladders are appropriate, maintenance and storage considerations.


The course ends with a short 20 question multiple-choice quiz.


Everyone who works at height, or who supervises those who work at height.


At the end of the online Working at Height training course there is a 20 question, multiple-choice quiz.  If learners demonstrate their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 70%, we’ll email them their completion certificate.  If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful. A posted certificate is available for £9.

The Working at Height Certificate is valid for 3 years.




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Working at Height means working in any places that a person could fall a distance and it is liable to cause personal injury.

For example, you are considered to be working at height if you are:

  • Working on a ladder, roof, scaffold, platform, etc.
  • Somewhere there is a possibility you could fall through a fragile surface.
  • Working in an area where there are potential risks, such as openings and holes in the floor.

Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace fatalities accounting for 28%  (RIDDOR 2018-19).

It is vital. that work is properly planned, supervised and only undertaken by competent employees.  This online training helps develop the competence to work at height safely.

For further legislative information and guidance visit [external link].


When working at height, you should keep the hierarchy of measures in mind.

The hierarchy of measures reminds us that all employees must;

  1. avoid working at height when possible
  2. prevent falls when you can’t avoid working at height
  3. and; protect yourself and others by limiting the distance of a fall and reducing the consequences

There are a few things you can do to implement this hierarchy.

First, you can avoid working at height by, for example, prefabricating elements while you’re on ground level.

In the event that working on ground level is not possible, you can work in an existing place that has suitable fall prevention instead of using work equipment.

If you must use equipment that doesn’t have suitable fall prevention, such as a ladder, you should take every step possible to minimise the distance and consequences of a potential fall.

Equipment such as harnesses and safety nets help.

When taking precautions, think about collective safety before personal safety.  For instance, guardrails, safety nets, air bags, or other passive fall protection serve to guard both people working at heights and those on the ground.


Ladders should only be used as work equipment where a risk assessment shows the use of other work equipment is not justified.

Work at Height regulations don’t ban ladders but do require that they be used with careful consideration.
As a guide, use a ladder where the work will take less than 30 minutes, where the risk is low or in other words, where the nature of the work makes a fall unlikely. And remember to only use ladders for ‘light work’ – ladders are not suitable for strenuous or heavy work. Two or more separate ladders must be provided when ladders are the only means of access or egress from a work area that has over 25 employees.

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