Australia, Safety

The importance of training when working at height

Vertical Horizonz has always recognised the importance of height safety in the lifting and construction industry. As firm believers in the importance of training, Vertical Horizonz continues to develop and improve training offered by the business.

Construction sites can be described as transient, dynamic, and complex environments, and because construction workers spend most of their time on site, they are exposed to a higher risk of injury and even death. In 2021, Safe Work Australia acknowledged that working at heights is the leading cause of serious injury and death, with the construction industry unfortunately leading the way.

Vertical Horizonz Australia (VHA) was established in 2001, delivering height, confined space, rescue, and work health & safety (WHS) training to industry. Since then, it has become an expert in its selected industries and cemented itself in the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector. Here it delivers nationally- recognised training to the residential and civil construction, energy, and transport industries. 

With a head office and major training centre based in Brisbane, VHA can provide training at its head office or onsite. Additionally, VHA retains the capability to deliver training nationally and internationally at your place of work.

Considering the Australian construction industry is predominantly small businesses with 97 per cent employing 20 workers or fewer, there is a reliance on the masses to do the right thing. However, variables such as not having a training schedule, poor or no WHS policies, time pressures, cost, and workplace pressures all contribute to the reluctance by businesses to source and undergo industry-related working at heights training.

James Moohan from VHA has noted that when workers have minimal training it results in poor practices. 

“For example, often we discover trainees have not been shown how to correctly check and fit a safety harness, only been shown how to utilise a non-adjustable 2m lanyard when working under restraint, or were even exposed to working at height during their training,” he said.

“This can result in utilising unsafe equipment, modifying systems to allow working at variable distances, and encouraging poor workplace practices. Our training shows the trainee how to use height equipment correctly, in a controlled safe environment, while working at height,” Moohan said

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