Fall Arrest and Basic Rescue International

Who Should Attend:

Any person working on an elevated position, using a portable or fixed structure, to gain access and perform rescues at height, for example: telecommunications, utilities (Eskom power lines), construction work and mining.

Course Specifics:

US229998 – Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height.

NQF Level 1

Credits: 2

US229995 – Install, use and perform basic rescues from fall arrest and implement the fall protection plan.

NQF Level 2

Credits: 3

Certificate Validity: 3 years

Designation: Fall Arrest Operator

Theoretical Knowledge

  • Introduction to Work at Height
  • Work at Height definitions
  • Legislation regarding Work at Height.
  • Understanding on-site risk assessments
  • Appropriate equipment care and pre-use climbing inspection methods
  • Identification and use of climbing equipment
  • Limitations of climbing equipment
  • Limitations of safe anchoring points
  • Understanding the advantages of a “buddy system”
  • Basic knowledge of elevated work platforms.
  • Basic knowledge of climbing wooden poles
  • Basic knowledge of vertical and horizontal lifelines
  • Understanding minimum free space areas
  • Understanding fall factors
  • Understanding the use of various fall arrest knots
  • Implement a rescue plan
  • Understanding suspension trauma
  • Understanding the buddy rescue
  • Understanding the risks involved with RF radiation
  • RF exclusion zones and signs
  • Safe work procedures in RF zones
  • First aid and incident reporting regarding RF related injuries

Practical Skills

  • Assemble a basic fall arrest kit
  • Perform pre-use climbing equipment inspections
  • Rope coiling/bagging
  • Selecting safe anchoring points
  • Making and using various fall arrest knots
  • Implement the “buddy system”
  • Using a work restraint system
  • Exclusion zones/barricading
  • Securing a work positioning system
  • Movement using a shock absorbing lanyard
  • Movement using a retractable lanyard
  • Working on fragile rooftop surfaces
  • Install and use temporary vertical and horizontal lifelines
  • Low level FAS system
  • Managing minimum free space
  • Managing fall factors
  • Managing suspension trauma
  • Emergency escape system – “self rescue”
  • Perform a basic fall arrest rescue and bring a casualty down to safety – “buddy rescue”
  • Lifting a 20 kg toolbag using a 1:1 lifting system
  • Safe work procedures in a RF area

Entry Requirements:

  • Original certified copy of I.D. document / passport (driver’s licenses are not accepted).
  • Copy of valid medical certificate.
  • Learners must have basic numeric literacy and be able to understand, read and write English (special needs candidates can be accommodated on request).

Candidates Allowed per Group:

Minimum: 8

Maximum: 12

Course Duration: 2 Days


July, September, November


Schedule Available Upon Request

August, October, December


Schedule Available Upon Request

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