a skyscraper with scaffoldingWork in the construction of houses, office buildings and the renovation of townhouses that takes place at height is extremely dangerous. Every year, as a result of negligence in the area of guaranteeing safe working conditions on construction sites, dozens of people die as a result of falls from height. The cause is invariably the inadequate use or lack of collective protection equipment, individual protection, lack of supervision and inadequate health and safety training. It is the employer's responsibility to organise these. The employee should be referred for a height survey and have health and safety training. General fall protection training is optional, but extremely useful. And in order to carry out work at height safely, every person should take it.

Training - Fall protection

Training in fall protection (at the same time a course in construction harnesses) is primarily aimed at construction workers who perform work at height. However, such a course should be taken by, among others, advertising installers, stuntmen, telecom and power line maintainers, lifeguards or window cleaners at height. During the course, the worker will learn about the following topics:

  • Health and safety rules
  • How they are constructed and how they are regulated safety harness
  • How to use the harness according to the instructions and its method of operation
  • Belaying on horizontal and vertical structures. Individual and collective
  • How to choose personal protective equipment
  • Rescue techniques
  • Basic legislation
  • How to work safely at height
  • Characteristics of work at heights

Training consists of a theoretical part and a practical part (often on a construction site designated by the client).

Individual and collective protection at work at height

According to the Ordinance on Health and Safety at Work Regulations, work at heights is classified as particularly hazardous. It is the employer's responsibility to organise them. The employee should be provided with both collective and individual protection measures. Collective protection measures include:

  • Balustrades

It consists of a kerb plank (0.15 m high) and a guardrail placed at a height of 1.1 m. The space between the board and the handrail shall be filled in such a way as to protect workers from falling.

  • Safety nets

They are manufactured from polypropylene or polyester and have a boundary rope by which the net is attached to the structure. A distinction is made between horizontal nets (e.g. used for work on hall structures) and vertical nets (to protect edges).

If we are talking about self-protection on a construction site, these are things worn or held by a worker to protect him or herself from a hazard. These means should be selected for the hazard that may occur, minimise the discomfort associated with their use, fit snugly and be used in accordance with instructions. Safety harnesses (or harnesses) are such an item. Safety harnesses are used to stop a fall from height. They have points (one or two) that are used to attach a shock-absorbing system. The first is located on the back and the second near the sternum. The harnesses have strong attachment buckles, belts that are adjustable and attached to the chest and thighs. They are made of textile webbing, connected to each other by seams and metal connecting elements, so that they embrace the wearer's body. During a fall, the primary task of harnesses is to distribute the forces acting on the human body and to optimise the position during the fall. They also give the body the correct position when arresting a fall and enable the wearer to wait as safely and as comfortably as possible for help.

Our Courses

In our fall protection training courses you will also learn about the principles of belaying, the requirements of EN 363 and post-accident measures. Participants must be at least 18 years old, have a current test and be in good mental and physical condition.

Fall protection training 
Type of training:BasicExtended first degreeExtended Level IIReminiscent of
For whom:For workers performing work on various objects at height (e.g. roofs)For those who perform lifeguard functions and work on structures, roofsFor workers on roofs, structures, and those who act as lifeguards and also those who document and supervise workersfor workers who have received training in fall protection and who now wish to recall or reinforce their knowledge of working safely at height
Duration:1 day2 days3 days1 day

Centre for Staff Training ERGON provides fall protection courses at a very high level. We have many years of experience in the market (more than 15 years) and our teaching methods are state-of-the-art and are sure to impart information effectively. Feel free to contact us and we will provide you with all the necessary information. We provide affordable prices, which we always agree with you individually. We offer discounts for larger, organised groups. Our head office is in Warsaw, but we also operate in other cities: Krakow, Bielsko-Biala and Katowice. In the case of a closed course, we will travel practically anywhere.

We also encourage you to take a look at the wide range of training courses that ERGON has on offer. Among other things, we offer initial and periodic training in occupational health and safety, first aid training, fire safety courses, as well as many courses for which you need to UDT authorisations or TDT (for example, forklift operator or mast platform operator).