Working at Height

The main aim of this e-learning is to help prevent death or injury caused by a fall from height.

Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries, accounting for about 29% of fatal injuries to workers.

Employers have a duty to make sure employees have the sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to perform the working at height task they are asked to do.

Working 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. You are working at height if you; work above ground/floor level, could fall from an edge, through an opening, or fragile surface, could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor, or a hole in the ground.

In this working at height e-learning course you’ll gain the knowledge and understanding required to ensure you follow sensible and safe precautions when working at height.

The e-learning course is interactive and engaging with elements of ‘storytelling’ that help make the learning easy and interesting to follow. It’s a fun way of learning the important principles of working safely at height.

Watch this video for a quick overview of our Working at Height course.


Who is it for?

This working from height e-learning course is essential health safety training. It’s particularly appropriate for people new to an organisation or for use as a refresher for existing employees.

Of course, this e-learning is more relevant to those employees that have a requirement to work from height, although it is useful awareness training for all.

Employers have a duty to ensure that work at height activity is controlled and managed correctly and that employees are trained to be competent in the use of equipment. In order for employees and companies to be protected, we recommend this working at height e-learning becomes a part of each employee’s induction.

Why study this course?

It’s important to create a safe working environment where people are both aware of the risks of working from height and have a good understanding of the precautions they should take. This course will help bring the important topic of safety when working at height to the forefront of your mind. In this course:

  • You’ll learn to appreciate why working from height regulations are important and how to take precautions
  • You’ll understand the typical risks when working from heights and how to use specific equipment
  • You’ll know what to do when you have safety concerns
  • You’ll be able to explain how to avoid, prevent and minimise risks when working from heights
  • You’ll help create a culture of positive health and safety practice in the workplace

Compared to a traditional classroom-based session, you will save a huge sum of money with our e-learning course.

Key facts

Average course duration: 50 minutes. Course content broken down as follows:
  • It’s an online e-learning course
  • Interactive and engaging content
  • Blending text, graphics, images and videos
  • On-going testing as your progress with a final assessment

Price: GBP 20.00

Why study with ICM?

Practical courses - This course is designed to help you in the real business world, giving you practical skills that you can quickly and easily implement in the workplace.

Interactive and engaging - Learning doesn’t have to be boring. This multi-media course is designed to keep you engaged throughout.

Step-by-step learning - This course is broken down into easy to manage bite-size chunks. From start to finish we take you on an enjoyable learning journey.

Certificated courses - Employers recognise hard work and you will be awarded an official ICM certificate upon successful completion of your course.

Course content

  • 1Introduction to working at height

    • describe how serious falls from height can be, and what impact they can have on someone’s life
    • explain, in terms of fatalities, how dangerous working at height can be
    • explain what work at height means
    • explain that someone must be competent when working at height
    • dispel the myth about having to be qualified before using a ladder
  • 2Preventing accidents and protection

    • explain the difference between collective and personal protection
    • describe the three step, hierarchical approach to working at height: avoid, prevent and minimise
    • describe the main pieces of equipment used for accessing work at height
    • explain when you should check that equipment is in good condition
  • 3Using equipment to access work at height

    • describe the main uses of the main pieces of equipment used for accessing work at height
    • describe the proper equipment for a task
    • describe the main requirements for using work at height equipment (i.e. trained and competent)
    • explain what you should do if you don’t feel competent about using a piece of equipment
    • explain what you should do if you have any health and safety concerns
  • 4These accidents needn’t have happened

    • have a greater understanding of how simple tasks can have an impact on a person’s life
    • be able to give real life examples of how working at height has led to serious injuries
    • be able to explain how what they have learnt in previous modules could have helped to avoid the incidents in the case studies