Working near an unprotected edge is probably one of the most hazardous situations presented to personnel working at height.

Open or 'leading' edges present a number of potential issues including but not exclusively...

  • Lack of localised anchorage
  • Working safely in corners
  • Correct equipment selection
  • Pendulum falls
  • Sharp edges and shearing of fall arrest equipment
  • Suitable rescue provisioning

Rescues can be quite challenging if a worker goes over an open edge and the casualty has to be rescued back to the platform from where they fell, especially if there is a lack of safe and suitable anchorage.

This course addresses typical open or leading edge work and looks at types of equipment that can be utilised effectively.  The course consists of theory and practical elements to ensure candidates can apply what they learn.

Course Details...

Work at Height - Leading Edge

Course ID HS041_1
Course Duration 1 day
Delegate: Trainer 6:1
Certificate Validity 3 Years
Dedicated Course £750
Work at Height and Rescue

Course overview

This course is theory based with several practical elements, designed to familiarise delegates with the core requirements for safe work at height on open edges including basic rescue techniques. It will look at different types of working environments and a range of risks and hazards these present. As a leading edge course it will focus on specific types of working at height equipment and protocols.

Delegates will be assessed by the trainer during the course and a final written paper and practical assessment will complete the certification process.

Course prerequisite

Delegates attending this course must meet the following minimum standards…

  • A professional attitude and a willingness to learn.
  • A good understanding of written and spoken English.
  • Numeracy skills.
  • Physical fitness where practical elements are included.

Who is this course for?

Delegates attending this course will/can have little or no working at height experience but need an understanding of the core elements of safe Work at Height associated with open edges.  Anybody responsible for personnel that work at heights where there are open edges.

This course will address

  • Basic knowledge of work at height activity.
  • UK legislation.
  • Work at height related risks and hazards.
  • The hierarchy of measures and how to apply them.
  • Fall arrest, work restraint and work positioning.
  • How to correctly select work equipment in particular PPE and PFPE.
  • Strengths and limitations of different types of PFPE.
  • The need for efficient ground clearance.
  • Open Edges and the risks they propose.
  • Effective Measures for working on open edges.
  • The dangers of falling objects.
  • How to correctly don a full body harness.
  • Inspection and Maintenance of PPE and PFPE.
  • The need for qualified first aid.
  • The need for emergency rescue.
  • Rescue equipment and planning
  • Practical – Leading edge equipment use.
  • Practical – Leading edge rescue(s)

Content and Delivery in accordance with

  • BS 8454 Code of practice for the delivery of training and education for work at height and rescue.
  • BS 8437 Code of practice for the selection, use and maintenance of fall protection systems and equipment.
  • The Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Additional reference material

  • Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974.
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992.
  • European Standards and Marking for Fall Arrest.