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Safety in the Clouds: An Introduction to Working at Height Training

Working at Height Training is required in any place where if precautions are not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.

Hazards can occur in any work environment but with the added risk of working at heights, we should hone in on safety.

Get familiar with Working at Heights and what training courses are available with this introduction.

Working at Height worker using MEWP

What is the minimum height for working at height?

Working at height isn’t defined by a specific minimum height requirement but rather by the presence of a risk of falling. Even at a reduced height, an accident could potentially occur and cause an injury.

Working at height can be anything from using ladders to working on scaffolding. So, if you are carrying out any tasks from any height you could benefit from Working at Height Training.

What is the main legislation that covers work at height?

The main legislation that covers work at height in the United Kingdom is the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The regulations aim to prevent death and injury caused by falls from height.

Duty holders need to assess risks, plan and organise work, use appropriate equipment, and ensure work is properly supervised. Additionally, the regulations provide specific requirements for the inspection and maintenance of equipment used for work at height.

Employers have the responsibility of ensuring individuals are adequately trained and qualified in safe methods of working at height before taking part in any activity to prevent falls

Take a look at our blog: Working at Height Regulations: Under Review.

Why do accidents occur when Working at Height?

  • Lack of training – Insufficient training can cause accidents to occur as the individual is unaware of hazards and won’t be knowledgeable on the correct practices to take necessary precautions.
  • Poor health conditions – Working at height requires a certain amount of physical strength and if you are not in good health this could make it easier to lose focus and have a slower response to hazards. If you happen to be taking any medication, consult a medical professional before performing tasks.
  • Equipment is in poor condition/outdated check-ups – Regular checks should be part of your routine. Faulty equipment can cause failure, lack of stability, inadequate load capacity and it is not compliant with regulations.
  • Lack of planning – No preparation can result in unsafe work practices. Individuals should complete a risk assessment and plan ahead of time for any environmental factors affecting work. Without planning you won’t be prepared if an emergency does occur.
  • Failure to follow procedures – If you are doing any of the above you are failing to follow procedures and being negligent. It is important to know your responsibilities and be familiar with the procedures so everyone can stay safe in the workplace.

Construction accidents can have serious consequences. If you are non-compliant in this field it can result in things such as injuries, fines and in some circumstances fatalities and imprisonment.

Learn more about the Precautions You Should Take When Working At Height.

HSE statistics for fatal accidents at work

What training course should I take for working at height?

Training courses are the best way to make sure your skills and knowledge are in line with industry standards. There are many Working at Height Training courses available.


Short Courses

Safe Use of Ladders and Step Ladders CourseThis course allows you to understand how to prevent falls and injuries when using ladders by becoming aware of potential hazards and managing any risks. It also teaches the relevant legislation on ladder safety and is 3B Training accredited.

Safety HarnessDesigned for anyone who wears safety harnesses in the workplace to teach them how to wear and use a safety harness correctly. This course covers the best practices for fall prevention and protection. The Safety Harness course is accredited and granted claimable.

Working at Heights TrainingDevelop a heightened sense of awareness regarding the risks associated with working at heights. Understand the correct procedures you need when working at height and the Working at Heights Regulation 2005. This course is accredited by 3B Training.


IPAF and PASMA Training Courses

IPAF 1b This course is for operators who use mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), with reference to a static boom. Learn about the principles of safe operation, pre-use inspections, managing hazards and relevant regulations and standards with this course. This course is accredited by IPAF. You will qualify for a Powered Access License (PAL Card) after successfully passing the course.

PASMA TrainingTeaches individuals with the knowledge and skills to work safely with mobile access towers. The course covers relevant legislation and regulations, tower components and configurations, and hazard awareness. It also covers the best practices for safe assembly, use and inspection of towers. This course is accredited by PASMA.

IPAF 3a & 3b This training is for the operation of two specific types of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs): mobile vertical (3a) and mobile boom (3b) lifts. Understand the principles of safe operation, pre-use inspections, managing hazards and relevant regulations and standards with this course. So, the skills and knowledge gained from the course allow you to operate these MEWPs safely and efficiently.


Scaffolding Training Courses

Basic Scaffold Inspection (BSI)  – Delegates who complete this course will gain the essential knowledge and skills required to inspect scaffolding structures. Understand the legislation surrounding scaffolding structures and learn how to mitigate any risks. This course includes a practical element where delegates have an inspection session. This course is accredited by the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS).

Managing Scaffolding Operations The Managing Scaffold Operations course equips individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively oversee all aspects of scaffold-related activities. It equips Scaffolding Operations Managers to take on the role of a manager by helping them understand their responsibilities. Course attendees will learn about scaffold design, safety regulations, project planning, and effective management practices.


What Working at Height eLearning courses are available?

We also offer Working at Height eLearning courses. These courses are great for being interactive and easily accessible.

Ladder Safety – This course educates individuals on the safe use of ladders in various work environments. This course covers essential topics such as ladder selection, inspection, setup, and proper climbing techniques to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries. 3B Training accredits this course, gain your certificate upon completing the eLearning.

LOLER – The LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) eLearning course discusses the safe use of lifting equipment in compliance with LOLER regulations. Therefore, complying with LOLER regulations promotes safety and efficiency in lifting operations. Learn about legal responsibilities, risk assessment procedures and the importance of proper equipment usage in this course. 3B Training accredits this course, gain your certificate upon completing the eLearning.

Working at Height Awareness – Raises awareness and educates individuals about the risks of working at height. This course covers essential topics such as identifying hazards, assessing risks, selecting appropriate equipment, and implementing safety measures to prevent falls and accidents. 3B Training accredits this course, gain your certificate upon completing the eLearning.

Our eLearning courses include interactive modules and quizzes which promote better knowledge retention. The other benefit of eLearning courses is that they can be completed in your own time, giving you the flexibility to learn without taking any time away from your job.


Overall, with the right knowledge and preparation, you can navigate working at heights with confidence and assurance. Prioritise safety practices, stay informed about regulations and grow your skills. You’re not just protecting yourself – you’re building a culture of safety.

So, whether you’re reaching for the stars or scaling new heights on the job, let safety be your primary priority.

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