Height Safety

Falls from height are the biggest killer in the work place attributing to an average of around 40% of workplace accidental deaths over the last 25 years.

After the introduction of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 a small drop in fatalities was recorded and the numbers have stabilised over recent years but they are nowhere near an acceptable level.

If workers are new to work at height Xytec believe a half day basic work at height course is not enough to cover basic requirements.  Our introduction to safe work at height is our foundation course which is a full day, and for a good reason.

General (or basic) work at height activities can consist of but are not exclusively limited to…

  • Ladders (portable/fixed) and Steps
  • Scaffolding
  • Mobile access towers
  • Powered access
  • Roof top safety
  • Leading (open) edge safety
  • Slopes, Banks and Sidings
  • Access and Egress
  • New Build
  • Refurbishment
  • Demolition

These ‘basic’ activities require a varied set of skills, knowledge and equipment… more than can be delivered in a 4 hour window and it would be a disservice for us to lead you to think otherwise. 

Xytec do offer a ‘basic’ half day work at height course but it is designed to be used in conjunction with product training to offer specific knowledge and skills.

Training delivered in accordance with

  • BS 8454:2006 Code of practice for the delivery of training and education for work at height and rescue.
  • BS 8437:2012 Code of practice for the selection, use and maintenance of fall protection systems and equipment.
  • BS 7985:2013 Code of Practice for the Use of Rope Access Methods for Industrial Purposes
  • The Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Additional Reference Material

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Heath and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
  • European Standards and Marking for Fall Arrest.
  • Safe use of ladders and stepladders INDG455.
  • Fragile roofs safe working practices GEIS5.
  • Health and safety in roof work HSG33.
  • International Powered Access Federation.
  • Prefabricated Access Suppliers' & Manufacturers' Association.

Additional Bespoke Training

Xytec can offer training and advice on specific tasks, some are listed below...

  •  Rescue
    • Tower Cranes
    • Mobile and Crawler Cranes
    • Gantry Cranes
    • Masts and Towers
    • Theatre Gantries
    • Theatre Rigging (Truss Work)
    • VNA Trucks
    • VNA Forklifts
    • VNA Cranes
    • Scaffolding
    • Fixed Ladders
    • Rooftop and Over Edge
  • Product Training
    • Application
    • Safe Use and Inspection

If you have 'ANY' work at height requirements at all, please get in touch as we will be more than happy to help.

Work at Height Rescue

When working at height, or more specifically when working in fall arrest, there is a need to have a rescue plan in place in case a worker falls, but this doesn't mean you should ignore the risks if a worker gets stranded or isolated.

With that in mind there are 2 types of rescue you may want to consider...

  1.   A Controlled Evacuation where personnel are safe, at very low risk of danger but need removing from a situation or location.
  2.   Emergency Rescue where a critical situation has arisen and personnel's health and safety are at immediate risk.

In the first instance time and strategy can be a little more relaxed, backups can be put in place and procedures can be much more thorough. For the second scenario time and efficiency are more critical as the casualty is in imminent danger.

Both situations need to be planned and provisioned for to ensure maximum safety but execution will be different.  Xytecs rescue training and planning looks at many different scenarios and offers training to cover as many eventualities as is practical for the level of skill being trained.