Working At Height


This online working at height course provides the knowledge staff need to work at heights safely. 

DURATION | 50 minutes

Working at Height Course

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Working at Height Training Online | Of the 147 UK workplace fatalities reported 18/19, 40 were caused by falls from height.

Because consequences can be so severe, everyone that employs staff who work at height should provide them with safety awareness training.  

Serious and even fatal injuries as a consequence of incorrect working practices are still all to common.  This online working at height training ensures staff understand best practice when working with ladders and harnesses. 






The policies outlined in this course are designed to help keep you safe, keep your colleagues safe, and keep anybody who may be affected by our work safe.  We also aim is to enhance employee safety in the workplace by the correct use of Personal Height Safety Equipment.

PLEASE NOTE: This Working at Height eLearning course has been designed for those requiring fall protection.  For those working at height but not using harnesses or fall protection our Ladder Safety awareness course is a better option. 



Firstly, we will provide a definition of working at height, an introduction to health and safety requirements and discuss the importance of training.


Secondly, we provide an overview of the planning stages. After doing your pre-use checks we will guide you on how to fit your harness.


Thirdly, we consider steps to take in the event of an emergency.  And highlight what you should find know or find out before work commences.

We will also discuss suspension trauma which will show you how to react in the event of a fall.


Next, we look at everything you need to know in order to work safety with ladders.  Including, maintenance and storage considerations.

5 | QUIZ

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


Everyone who works at height, or who supervises 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 80%, 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 £6.

working at height certificate


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

Remember: 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 where 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.

It is therefore vital that you as employer, and any employee in control, make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out with competence.

For further legislative information and guidance visit (external link):

Hierarchy of Measures

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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