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Level 1 Operatives
Working At Height Course

Course Overview

Master the equipment, methods and practices that keep you safe at height when working over an edge. We not only help you discover a personalised height access solution but tailor your course to suit your trade, ensuring your whole team gain complete theoretical and practical safety skills that have direct association to your daily activities.

Key Topics

  • Hazard Awareness
  • Equipment & Practices
  • Hierarchy of Control
  • Harness Training
  • Permanents & Temporary Anchorage
  • Intermediate Devices
  • Kit Care
  • Dropped Objects
  • Safe Work Methods

Who is it for?

This courses is aimed at the professional working at height operative, or for the person that requires a skill update or renewal. Every course is tailored to your unique working at height requirements and trade sphere.

  • Aftercare Access Aftercare Access
  • Valid For 3 Years Valid for 3 years
  • Valid For 3 Years Recognised Certs & ID's
  • Valid For 3 Years All Kit Provided
6h 3 Theory Practical Break Exam 1 ½ 1hhh 30min

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01 / Theory

Skyrocket your height safety knowledge.

The course begins by establishing a general awareness of the dangers of working at height and takes you on a journey through the methods, practices and equipment that together form your height access solution. We'll discuss what restraint, fall-arrest and work positioning mean and get you fully trained in the use of height safety harnesses, adjustable restraint and intermediate devices such as inertia reels, lanyards, lifelines, connectors and anchorage. You’ll then explore the fatal effects of suspension intolerance, take a brief look at rescue, discover how to perform pre-use equipment inspections and test-drive the latest tethering solutions for preventing dropped tools.

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02 / Equipment & Work Methods

Use the right gear.
The right way.

There are lots of ways to work at height. Understanding what equipment to use for different applications based on your access, scope of work and exposure is essential for your safety. You'll master how to select and use the right equipment for any job you do at height.

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03 / Practical Exercises

Test your skills.
In a live scenario.

The course concludes with a group practical session that tests your new skills in a live scenario where you’ll set up anchorage and—under the watchful eye of two professional instructors—practice using fall-arrest, restraint and lifeline systems in a variety of configurations required for your job at height.

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04 / Height Safety Expertise

Your passport to competence.

Working at height is more than just wearing a harness. It's about fully understanding the risks, anchorage selection, equipment mechanics, usage and best practices. This course gives you the all the knowledge, awareness and practical skills that empower you to work safely at height.

All Kit Provided

05 / Course Equipment

All kit provided.

We provide our own projector, screen, laptop, props and a bag full of equipment to deliver theory lessons. We just need somewhere to teach. So if you're booking a course on your site, don't forget to arrange a training room that can hold the appropriate number of people.



Your license to work.

By completing this course you will be awarded with an industry recognised Leading Edge license card and certificate. The card is valid for 3 years and requires renewal after the expiry date stated at the time of issue.

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Theory Modules

Theory Modules

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  • Course Objectives
  • Why we need height safety
  • Work At Height Statistics
  • Effects of Falling


Foundations lays the groundwork for your training. We’ll discuss course objectives and prime you with essential background knowledge on the subject of height safety, covering the basics of why we need it, the devastating effects falls have on individuals, families and businesses and your general legal responsibilities and duties. By exploring historical references, statistics and legislation we’ll paint — in real terms — a picture of where we are today, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go to make the work place a safe place.


Definitions, Equipment & Practices

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  • Fall Arrest Systems
  • Work Positioning
  • Restraint Systems

Definitions, Equipment & Practices

To have a meaningful discussion about height safety we need a clear picture of the terminology and work methods fundamental to all work at height. They fall into three distinct categories: Fall Arrest, Work Positioning and Fall Restraint. In DEP we break down and deliver detailed defnitions of all three methods, demystifying what they mean, how they function, the equipment that comprise them and the various ways in which they can be utilised in a height access solution.

Hierarchy of Control

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  • Process
  • Stages of Contol
  • Examples

Hierarchy of Control

Before work at height can begin each task must be assessed for risk and appropriate safety measures should be placed where needed. To do this we’ll utilize the Hierarchy of Control Measures, which outlines a step-by-step procedure to guide your height access provisions. We’ll start at the top with the safest possible procedure (avoiding the need to work at height all-together) and move down the hierarchy with progressively hazardous scenarios, giving you the knowledge to conduct your own future assessments using the HCM.

Understanding Anchorage

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  • Temporary Anchorage
  • Permanent Anchorage
  • Requirements of Use
  • Identification & Selection

Understanding Anchorage

Anchorage is the first and arguably the most important link in the height safety chain. The challenge is knowing what constitutes a safe anchorage point and how to select the right anchorage device to connect with out of a myriad of different options and confgurations. To help you understand we’ll start by exploring permanent anchor points comprising of fixed structures in your environment and move on to temporary solutions. Finally we’ll talk in-depth about available anchorage devices and analyse their specic uses, configurations, ratings and certifcations, giving you the theoretical knowledge to identify and set up suitable anchorage for your height safety system.

Intermediate Devices

Mechanics, Usage & Best Practise

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  • Inertia Reels
  • Shock-Absorbing Lanyards
  • Restraint Lanyards
  • Lifelines
  • Connectors
  • Anchorage
  • Application Suitability

Intermediate Devices

Once you have an understanding of what arrest and restraint methods are we take a deeper a look at intermediate devices, which work together between your anchor point and harness to form a height safety system. These include inertia reels, lanyards, lifelines, connectors and anchorage. We walk you through each device, demonstrating how they function, how you use them, what their limitations and performance capabilities are and the practices and work methods that enable you to use them correctly in applications.

Harness Training

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  • Harness Types
  • Effects of Falling
  • Limitations
  • Don a Harness

Harness Training

Throw it over your shoulders, clip it together, fasten the leg straps and you’re good to go, right? Be under no illusions, a damaged or incorrectly worn harness can lead to death, or if you’re truly unlucky, extreme testicular trauma and rectal damage! To prevent such a nauseating fate we’ll take you back to basics, familiarise you with different types of height safety harnesses and their various purposes, teach you how to perform pre-use inspections and then get down to the nuts and bolts of how to don and adjust it. At the end of the module each of you will be provided with your own harness to practise wearing, which will be then be assessed by the instructor to make sure the whole team is competent and con dent before moving on.

Height Rescue 101

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  • Suspension Intolerance
    • - Definition & Effects
    • - Venous Pooling
    • - Orthostatic Intolerance
    • - Pre-Syncope
    • - Syncope
  • Reflow Syndrome
    • - Preload
    • - Vascular Shock

Height Rescue 101

While we should do all we can to prevent falls, using arrest and adjustable restraint systems mean the risk of a fall still exists. We need to be prepared to conduct a swift height rescue should one occur. In height rescue 101 we’ll examine the physical effects of suspension intolerance and reflow syndrome on the human body and demystify the law, revealing exactly what you are required to plan and make provisions for. We’ll then introduce you to the 3 main methods of height rescue—lowering, raising and combined—to gain an overview of how they operate, their requirements of use and their pros and cons for the recovery of conscious and unconscious fall casualties.

  • Inspection Frequency
  • Product & Service Life
  • Pre-Use Inspection
  • Conformity

Kit Care

Working at height puts your life in the hands of your equipment, so it’s in your interest to make sure your kit is t for use. To ensure safety we’ll teach you the importance of frequent kit inspection and outline the basic principles of product and service life. We’ll then explore both the causes and visual indicators of degradation on a variety of di erent products, helping you keep your kit in good condition by handling, storing and transporting it appropriately and identifying damage when conducting daily pre-use inspections.

Dropped Objects

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  • Statistics
  • Legal Duties
  • Tool Tethering Solutions
  • Effects of Dropped Objects

Dropped Objects

Dropped objects are a serious risk, and not just to people, to anything below a work area where hand-held equipment can fall. In Dropped Objects we have a frank discussion about the problems associated with untethered tools, cover some mind-blowing physics about the impact force even the tiniest objects can generate, and lay down the law regarding individual and company liability resulting from injury. Finally we explore some tool tethering solutions available to you today, so you can start to safely secure your tools at height.


  • An independently marked multi-choice paper to test your knowledge.
Practical Exercises

Practical Modules

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Harness Recap

  • A quick practical recap of correct harness use.
  • Anchorage Selection
  • Rigging & Operation


Anchorage forms the foundation of your height access system and any mistakes made here makes all subsequent efforts worthless. In phase 2 You'll learn which anchorage devices to use and in which configurations to place based on your work area and the leading edge.

Fall Arrest Systems

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  • Rigging & Operation
  • Single Block
  • Parallel Blocks

Fall Arrest Systems

Fall arrest sytems increase mobility but the trade-off is they allow you to fall. If that happens the blocks lock like a car seat belt and (hence the title) arrest your fall. Because falling is permitted caution is required, so we show you strict rules and practises that enable you to use them safely for work at height.

Restraint Systems

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  • Rigging & Operation
  • Single Line
  • Vertical Line
  • Parallel Lines
  • Single Pitched Lines

Restraint Systems

Higher up in the height safety hierarchy are Restraint Systems. These systems offer the same level of access as Fall Arrest Blocks but are considered a safer and more desirable method of work since the use of ropes physically 'restrains' your proximity to an edge. Restraint Systems are extremely versatile, allowing for both front and rear connection in several configurations across horizontal, vertical and pitched planes. Some or all of which you'll discover and practice depending on your course.

  • Rigging & Operation
  • 1 User Lifeline
  • 2 User Lifeline
  • 3 User Lifeline
  • Lifeline Bending
  • Intermediate Devices


Lifelines prevent pendulum and provide greater levels of access when working over large areas as the added use of a pulley allows you to safely traverse the edge along which the lifeline is set. You’ll learn how to deploy, position and tension a lifeline, operate it using front and rear attachment across horizontal and pitched planes, and explore more advanced techniques such as lifeline bending for multiple edge access and intermediate attachments to support multiple simultaneous users.

  • Anchorage Selection
  • Rigging & Operation


Lanyards are the most extensively used piece of equipment in the height safety arsenal. It’s no surprise given their versatility for preventing operatives from entering a fall hazard up to a 2m edge distance. You can discover up to 5 different kinds of lanyard to achieve a range of access from simple fixed locations to climbing and the traversal of complex structures. This is your chance to reaffirm lessons learnt during theory modules and practice connecting to harnesses and anchorage while gaining the invaluable ability to select the right lanyards for your applications. We’ll continuously verify your competency along the way!

Site Requirements

Practical exercises require three anchor points (columns, railings, fencing, metal structures, rebar or anything capable of supporting 300kg) placed at right angles and spaced between 5 and 20 meters. Don't fret if site access is unavailable. We strive to be as accomodating as possible and can conduct practical lessons in car parks, fields and classrooms when necessary.

Site Requirements

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