Safety harness training revolves around fall prevention, harness inspection and suspension rescue. Working from heights accounts for the vast majority of workplace injuries and without proper training, workers are far more at risk
Safety harness courses are mainly designed for people who work in the construction industry. Working from heights is often required to make hands-on fittings and adjustments to structures. While machinery is used for the heavy lifting, it can’t do everything, and sometimes a human touch is essential.
Why is training important?
There’s only so much you can learn from experience. When you work from heights you don’t have any room for error. Failure to take the right precautions can result in serious injuries or fatalities. In many jobs, harness training is required before you are able to operate certain machinery or partake in certain tasks.
What are the employment benefits?
Taking a safety harness course can lead to much better employment opportunities. Many employers will seek workers who already have the credentials to perform certain tasks, and if you have an accreditation to prove that you are what they’re looking for, you’ll have an edge over the competition. In addition a safety harness course will also prove that you have a positive attitude and take health and safety seriously.
What do courses entail?
There are various teaching methods used to train you for the job. Some harness training courses are conducted in the classroom, while others are more practical. Having a mixture of the two is always best as it will provide you with both the knowledge and hands-on experience.
Courses can last for anything between 4 hours and a few weeks, depending on the certificate and governing body. There are also various levels of accreditations. Generally speaking, the longer the course the more accomplished it will make you.
Common topics that are covered include: health and safety, correct harness use, identifying hazards, fall protection, correct use of equipment, what to do in emergencies and practical application. Once these topics have been covered you will either have to undertake a written or practical test which demonstrates your knowledge for the subject.
Before you ever commit to a harness training course, make sure that it is accredited from a globally recognized examining body; otherwise it may not provide the benefits you deserve.
About the Author
Kieran McVeigh has been working in the construction industry for 22 years. He currently runs his own company in Cornwall, UK.