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The Importance of Knowing How to Use a Harness

Anyone that works at height is required to wear a harness for safety reasons, making it vitally important that they know how to use it properly.

working-height-safety-harnessIn the event of losing your footing while working on top of a scaffold tower, your safety harness is the difference between life and death. As part of IPAF training in Newcastle, workers are shown how to correctly apply a safety harness and assessed on their usage.

When it comes to working at height, absolutely no chances can be taken and all workers must be properly qualified and accredited.

The Risks

The risks involved in working at height are simple yet dangerous. Only qualified personnel should be allowed to work on scaffold towers, and never alone – there must always be multiple workers in such situations.

Between 2013 and 2014, a total of 39 fatalities were recorded in the UK as a result of a fall from height, more than half of which were self-employed and all were male. An employer has an obligation to ensure that its working staff are properly trained and equipped to carry out duties, while self-employed workers have the same responsibility.

What Does IPAF Harness Training Involve?

The objectives for anyone attending an IPAF training course are to learn how to fit and adjust a harness and lanyard, as well as how to check, maintain and store the equipment. Everyone who attends the course will also become familiar with the relevant health and safety regulations and standards, as well as carry out their own inspection of all equipment.

The course entails both theory and practical sessions, with all those who pass receiving an IPAF certificate if they do not already hold one, and those that do will have theirs endorsed with the qualification.

Who Should Attend the Course?

Anyone that may be required to work from height should look to attend the training course. While construction operatives are most likely to require the training, other professions that have seen fatal injuries as a result of a fall are:

  • Farmers
  • Electricians
  • Roofers
  • Window cleaners

Employers should encourage their staff to attend an IPAF training course if their duties involve working at height.

For more information regarding the IPAF accredited course, please contact the North East Access Training team on 0191 442 1989 or email us on neatraining@hotmail.co.uk today.