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Practical Introduction to Fall Arrest Systems


Fall arrest systems are utilised to afford operatives maximum freedom of movement whilst working at height.  They are intended to reduce the impact of fall, should it occur.

Fall arrest is the least preferred option in the work at height hierarchy as defined within the Work at Height Regulations.  Consideration should always be given to methods of fall prevention where the requirement to work at height cannot be eliminated.

This one-day Introduction to Fall Arrest Systems has been developed to provide delegates with both the theoretical and practical skills required in order to safely use a range of fall arrest, work position and restraint equipment.

Delegates will spend a large amount of time practising climbing techniques using temporary safety systems, installed and structural anchors.

Course materials include a course manual and workbook for your use.

Lunch and refreshments are provided by Rescue Specialist.

The qualification is valid for 3 years.

Course Objectives

The course will cover:

  • The main dangers of working at height
  • Key legislation and standards
  • Hazards and risk when working at height
  • Syncope – what causes it and how to recognise and deal with the effects
  • Emergencies – includes requirements for rescue
  • Work categories – restraint/positioning/fall arrest
  • Equipment characteristics and limitations
  • Harnesses – fall arrest & positioning
  • Lanyards – fall arrest/positioning/adjustable/twin leg/tie back/inertia
  • Ancillary equipment – helmets, gloves etc
  • Anchor point (in-situ and dedicated) identification and selection
  • Temporary horizontal lifeline systems
  • Pre user inspection, equipment care, traceability and disposal requirements
  • Practical climbing techniques


Delegates must be in good medical condition with a reasonable level of fitness.  A head for heights is essential.  Previous experience of working at height would be advantageous but is not required.

Prior Qualifications Required


Equipment Required

All equipment will be provided by Rescue Specialist.

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Course Ratio

6 : 1


1 Day

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