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Fall Arrest and Basic Rescue International

important notes
  • All training is conducted in accordance with local and international best practices as well as local acts and regulations. After successful completion of this course, candidates will be found competent as per Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 Construction Regulations 1.
  • All Fall Arrest Operators must work under competent supervision as per site/task requirement, ensuring a fall arrest rescue can be performed at any time as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 Construction Regulations 10.2 (e).
  • DISS  cannot be held responsible for any unsafe and unlawful acts or behaviour as it is the duty of the technician to ensure his/her own safety and the safety of others on the worksite.
target audience

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.

requirements (minimum entry qualifications)
  • 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).
course details
 2 DaysEnglishGravity
 *Please notify us if an interpretation is required*Validity: 3 Years
course outline
  • 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 an RF area
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

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