Posted on Friday, 6th September 2019
According to recently released HSE statistics, Working at Height is still one of the biggest causes of death and major injury within the workplace. In this week’s blog, we will be looking at the importance of Safety Harness Training, to avoid potential life changing injuries, if not death to yourself or an employee.
Personal fall protective equipment (I.e Harness, Fall arrest locks, restraint lanyards) is an absolutely vital part of personal protection for anyone that is working at height. It is so important that the user knows how to inspect, and also use it properly. Working at Height is deemed any place that if the required precautions were not taken, the distance you could fall may cause personal injury.
You are classed as working at height for any of the following:
So, if this is part of your normal daily work routine, then the answer is YES!
When selecting a safety harness, it’s important that you choose the correct type of harness depending on the work that’s involved. With so many safety harnesses to choose from it’s important to select the right equipment for the job.
Each harness is engineered with a series of unique components such as:
This provides a safety solution to closely match the working environment, as wearing the wrong type of harness can lead to serious injury or much worse.
We cannot stress enough that using the right equipment when working at height could save your life one day, so it’s vitally important that users are trained to inspection components such as a harness correctly. As with all Personal fall protective equipment (PFPE), your harness will need to be formally inspected by a trained competent person as required by varying HSE guidance such as indg367, typically every 6 months or before depending on the nature of work and environment, or as specified within the employers inspection regime.
Pre-use checks need to be carried out before each use and include the following physical inspections:
You must ensure that you are wearing the harness properly, otherwise it will offer limited or even no protection. Harnesses are used as part of a safety system, a good way to remember this is ABC, A - Anchor, B – Bodywear (or Harness) and C – Connecting device. All of these components must be equally inspected and carefully selected based upon the job/task you’re doing.
It is essential for yourself or your employees to know how to put one on correctly:
Our highly qualified trainers at ESS are specialists in working at height, including harness selection, inspection and usage, so they can provide life saving training and practical sessions. Our specialist internal training team provide nationwide coverage, so we can easily deliver on-site safety harness training near you.
For Basic Safety Harness Training please visit our website for more information about the course and how this can impact positively on your safety. We offer a wide range of working at heights courses from Working at Height Awareness, right through to Tower Crane Rescue. You can view a full selection of our working at height courses here.
If you are interested in booking a course for yourself or an employee, please give us a call on 0115 8970 529 and speak to one of our advisors about the best options for you. You can also contact us on our website to make an enquiry or email our helpful training advisors at [email protected].