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Working at Height

Plan, prepare and train to work safely at height

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Working at Height Training

We are leading providers of Working at Height training and offer a wide range of courses, most of which are fully accredited by ECITB, PASMA, MATS and the Global Wind Organisation (GWO).

Our experience as providers of working at height rescue services has allowed us to develop realistic, practical and safe training on our state-of-the-art working at height facilities. Our nationwide working at height facilities are designed to replicate real-life work at height scenarios such as wind turbines, rooftops, ladders and communication masts. The facilities at our training centres feature external ladders, hatches, rooftop anchor beams, handrails, slopes, gates and a range of internal furnishings which allow us to provide training which can be tailored to be applicable to a wide range of industries and scenarios.

What is the right working at height training course for me?

Our courses comply with all current regulations and the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. We offer a range of courses with those who successfully complete the course, having the option to either choose an MRS certificate or one from the relevant awarding body.

Rooftop Safety Training Courses

This 1-day Rooftop Safety course has been designed specifically for those who work at height and on roofs. Those who attend this course will learn how to work safely on a range of roof types including flat, pitched and fragile roofs.

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Managing Working at Height Courses

This 1-day Managing Working at Height training is a classroom-based course, for those who manage, plan for, oversee or supervise those who work at height. Those who attend this course will learn the knowledge and skills they need to supervise and manage work at height activities so they meet legislative requirements

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ECITB Working Safely at Height Courses

This 1-day Working Safely at Height course is ECITB approved, and those who complete this course can choose to receive an ECITB or MRS Training & Rescue certification. This course is highly practical – and delegates learn on state-of-the-art working at height facilities.

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Advanced Working at Height and Rescue Courses

This 3-day course is for those who require advance working at height and rescue training. Delegates will learn practical rescue from height – using state-of-the-art facilities and will learn how to follow an at height rescue plan.

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PASMA Towers for Users Courses

A 1-day highly practical course for those who are responsible for assembling, dismantling, moving or inspecting both 3T ('Through the Trapdoor') and AGR (Advance Guard Rail) mobile towers. This is a universally recognised industry-standard course – and is compliant with all the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

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MATS Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue

This highly practical 3-day course is for those who work in the telecommunications and broadcast industry and want to learn to safely climb masts and towers and how to undertake rescue as well.

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GWO Training for Renewables Courses

We also offer specialist GWO accredited working at height courses – designed specifically for those who work in the renewable sector on wind turbines. They include:

 

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Do you provide on-site and bespoke work at height training?

We understand that no single solution is fit for all working at height situations, that’s why we offer bespoke working at height courses – which can be tailored to suit your specific needs and industry. We are also providers of rescue cover, training and working at height consultancy – which means we can assess and help plan for rescue situations.

We also provide on-site work at height training throughout the UK, using our fleet of purpose built towable training units.

Our mobile working at height units allow delegates to train on:

  • Use of anchor points and work positioning, where no guardrail is available

  • Ladder climbing techniques using twin hook lanyards

  • Use of fall arrest devices

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are courses accredited by industry bodies?

Our working at height courses are accredited and certified by a range of external bodies including; EU Skills, PASMA, ECITB and GWO. To maintain these accreditations, we are subject to annual audits by each awarding body.

What equipment is used on work at height courses?

We own and maintain all the equipment used by delegates on our courses – and only use the equipment we trust and use ourselves. Those who attend our work at height training courses will get to use a wide range of equipment – dependent on the course attended; this may include; tripod and winches, auto descenders, fall arrest and restraint devices, rope access harnesses and specialist rescue equipment.

We also sell the equipment we use as part of training – to find out more, contact us. When your life depends on the equipment you use, it is good to know you are safe in our hands.

What does working at height mean?

Work at height means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. Some workplaces are obvious, for example, if you are working on a roof or ladder; others may be less obvious, such as working below ground level chambers or walkways. 

Work at height does not include a slip or a trip on the level, as a fall from height must involve a fall from one level to a lower level, nor does it include walking up and down a permanent staircase in a building.

Some examples of work at height includes working on a rooftop, wind turbine, communication mast or using ladders.

What are the Working at Height Regulations?

The Working at Height Regulations 2005 define Working at Height as;

(a) work in any place, including a place at or below ground level; 
(b) obtaining access to or egress from such place while at work, except by a staircase in a permanent workplace, where, if the measures required by these Regulations were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. 

Why do I need work at height training?

Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries in the UK. In 2018/19, figures show there were:

  • 40 fatalities – 27% of all fatalities at work in the UK 

  • 5,555 non-fatal injuries of which 44,400 were work at height related

  • 3.9 million working days lost to non-fatal workplace injuries

That is why everyone working at height should be trained and competent. The Work at Height Regulations state:

  • All work at height to be properly planned and organised

  • Those involved in work at height to be competent

  • The risks from work at height to be assessed and appropriate work equipment selected and used

  • The risks from fragile surfaces to be properly controlled

  • Equipment for work at height properly inspected and maintained

What are the risks?

When preparing to undertake work at height it is important that hazard and risks are identified and controlled. The more common hazards that are often identified and controlled are:

  • Falls

  • Sharp edges on structures

  • Fragile surfaces

  • Weather

  • Ground conditions

  • Proximity of utility services

  • Overhead obstructions

  • Proximity of large bodies of water

  • Moving vehicles

  • People working above

  • Falling objects, tools

Testimonials

We recently had a 3-day Advanced Working at Height & Rescue course at MRS Training & Rescue. This was a very informative course and vital for anyone working at height. The training facility is very good with a great instructor.

Guttaclean

Our trainer of choice for working at height and wind turbine training and rescue is MRS Training & Rescue and I have no hesitation in recommending them.

Jason Ross, Managing Director, Equinox Access Solutions Group

The training was a good based mixture of classroom and practical regarding all aspects of WAH, and the excellent training centre facilities to enable you to ascend and descend from a 60 foot tower, with the easy going but professional manner of the trainers, ensured this was one of the most enjoyable training courses that I have attended in recent years.

Shift Team Leader, Outotec UK Ltd

MRS Training & Rescue have always provided us with high class training with knowledgeable instructors. Our technicians have often said the courses are among the best they've been on.

Kieran Brazill, Training and Development Manager, Deutsche Windtechnik

Now that I work in the Wind Industry, I was delighted to discover that MRS Training & Rescue have also developed their services to include the GWO Working at Height standards, and now support us with ‘GWO Basic Working at Height and Rescue Training’ as well as providing us with the ‘Advanced Rescue Training’.

Simon Heesom, QHSE Manager, Deutsche Windtechnik Ltd
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