9 November 2021
If you work in a trades ﬁeld, then you know that there’s strong demand for working at heights. It’s a necessary part of trades work that sets truly professional businesses apart from casual outﬁts: when you or your business can perform jobs at altitude, you can demand a higher fee and greater respect.
Unfortunately, it’s also a very risky part of the job. Part of the reason that working at heights is so lucrative is because of the dangers it poses to the unprepared. It’s essential that all personnel involved are aware of the proper procedures, triple-check their equipment, and know how to respond to unforeseen situations.
Per Safe Work Australia, slips, trips, and falls accounted for 386 fatalities among workers over the twelve years between 2003 and 2015. Because any injuries (let alone deaths) should be unacceptable among modern workplaces, we’ve prepared this guide to illustrate what you can gain from a working at heights training course in Sydney.
Anyone performing or supervising work that takes place above the height of two or three metres depending on the work setting. Part of our training equips workers and supervisors with the knowledge needed to assess whether a job calls for a ticket.
Earning a Statement of Attainment for height safety is important for businesses and workers looking to engage in these specialised jobs. It’s a ticket of competency as well as a ticket to higher growth for your business or career.
As we’ve mentioned, heights are risky. We don’t necessarily mean skyscrapers or the rooftops of apartment buildings either—most serious and fatal falls are from roofs, ladders or scaﬀolds, from a height of between 2.1 and 4 metres. Likewise, the risk isn’t conﬁned to the construction sector alone: incidents happen in the manufacturing, transport, postal and warehousing, cleaning windows, and agriculture industries as well.
Beyond the risk of injury, there are also regulatory concerns involved in tall job orders (if you’ll forgive the pun). SafeWork NSW inspectors regularly perform check-ups at construction and other work sites to monitor compliance and vet workers.
Finally, it’s vitally important that people working at heights can understand the names and functions of various safety equipment and components. They may need to follow the written instructions and speciﬁcations of equipment makers to comply with safe work methods—something they can’t do if they don’t have the basics committed to memory.
Our height safety programme is a professional training and development course designed to prepare trades workers for the challenges and risks of jobs involving heights.
It was built to conform to both the National WHS Act as well as the NSW Code of Practice for Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces, which lets us oﬀer our trainees the relevant Statements of Attainment upon completion.The course oﬀers essential lessons on height safety as taught by experienced trainers, as well as practical tips to improve safety and eﬃciency when working at heights.
Participants of our heights safety programme will gain all the necessary experience (both theoretical and hands-on) needed to perform jobs that fall under the category.
Our training includes an overview of the laws and regulations relating to working at heights, introduction to the diﬀerent hazards and risks, correct use of harnesses and other basic equipment, and recovery procedures for fall arrest.
By the end of our training course, participants will be able to:
Identify work requirements
A true expert trades worker can tell whether a job order and work site ﬁt the category of working at heights. Our course attendees will learn the diﬀerent forms that this sort of work can take by getting exposed to diﬀerent scenarios and studying the relevant legislation.
Identify work procedures and instructions
Part of our training involves developing mastery over the common terms and practices involved in jobs above ground-level. Our course aims to develop trades professionals who can work safely, competently, and eﬃciently to deliver the most value to the people they’ll eventually serve.
Access and install equipment
Our training will leave participants familiar with basic pieces of equipment such as harnesses. We teach the proper methods for care, maintenance, and use that ensure safety and leave equipment failures out of the question.
Perform work at heights
At DLI Training, we drill our participants with both theory (knowing how things work on paper) and practical experience (knowing how things work in the real world). Our ultimate goal is to make sure they know how to get the job done right with life and limb intact.
Clean up work areas
Naturally, no job is complete until everything’s left ﬁxed and tidy. Since materials left at heights can prove hard-to-retrieve at best and hazardous at worst, we ensure that our participants can leave work sites spotless.
Rescue suspended persons
Equally important to risk reduction is knowing how to respond to accidents at the workplace. In the event that a participant ﬁnds themselves capable of helping someone suspended by their harnesses—or becomes suspended themselves—rescue procedures can spell the diﬀerence between life and death.
Those who complete our course will be awarded a Statement of Attainment in the Nationally Recognised Unit of Competency RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights. More importantly, they’ll be ready to oﬀer their services to clients who need work done at height.
At DLI Training, we work tirelessly to equip NSW’s rising trades professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to work safely, eﬀectively, and eﬃciently. Their health and success are our top priorities, which is why we’ve invested so much into building value-adding courses and employing the most experienced instructors.
If you’re interested in expanding your capabilities (or that of your business), contact us today to learn how you can upskill and increase your value. Our team is more than happy to answer your questions and get you started with the information you need to unlock your next stage of growth and a brighter future.