HRETDs fall arrest rescue technician training course details
Fall Arrest
Rescue Technician
SAQA unit standard: 229995
Field: Services
NQF level:  02 (3 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Ten learners
Novice training duration: Three days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs fall arrest rescue technician training course details
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defensive driver
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
Working at heights
Fall protection planner
Rescue technition
Working at heights
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools

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Included in this mutimedia training programme Don't get tangled in a web of uncertainty when lives hang in the balance. HRETD's "Fall Arrest Rescue Technician" course provides comprehensive training in the crucial skills needed for high-angle rescue operations. Topics range from equipment handling and anchor systems to advanced rescue techniques, all enhanced by multimedia aids such as quizzes and videos.

Through a series of hands-on exercises, participants will practice various fall arrest and rescue techniques under simulated conditions. The course emphasizes quick decision-making, effective communication, and safe procedure execution, equipping you to handle real-world rescue scenarios with expertise.

Secure the Safety Net. Upon successful completion, you will receive a CETA-accredited certification, confirming your specialized skills in fall arrest rescue. This course is indispensable for professionals engaged in any high-risk activities involving heights, as it equips you to perform rescues efficiently, thereby safeguarding lives.

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Fall arrest rescue technician training

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Course content

The use of a range of fall arrest equipment

We explain the difference between a full-body harness and a work positioning system. We then go through the full range of fall arrest equipment, followed by the limitations and use of fall arrest equipment and connectors. We go through the risks of not using an energy-absorbing lanyard, the use of a fall arrest system and the use of fall rescue equipment.

Using basic rope knots

We discuss and practice various rope knots used in fall arrest and rescue.

Installing and using fall arrest systems

We take learners through the installation of vertical and horizontal lifelines. We then explain the safe use of anchors and the setup of a fall arrest system. The switchover from a lifeline to a double lanyard is explained, followed by the requirements of a permanent fall arrest system. We conclude this module with ways to reduce fall distance.

Fall arrest equipment and systems inspection

This module deals with the inspection criteria for inspecting fall arrest equipment and personal protective equipment. We explain the importance of reporting suspect equipment and using certificated fall arrest equipment. Next, we go over activated energy absorbing lanyards and intact lanyards. We then go over equipment storage and inspection records.

Fall protection plan implementation

The crucial phase of Fall Protection Plan Implementation is a central focus in the training program. Participants will undergo hands-on practical exercises designed to simulate the real-world scenarios they may encounter. This provides them the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge gained in earlier modules, from risk assessment to equipment selection and setup. Through guided activities and the study of actual case examples, attendees will gain a holistic understanding of what it takes to effectively put a Fall Protection Plan into action. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that the plan is not only implemented correctly but also monitored and audited regularly to maintain ongoing effectiveness and compliance with safety regulations.

Basic fall arrest rescues

We thoroughly cover the topic of rope rescue systems, delving into the types of equipment and techniques essential for effective rescues. We initially guide learners through the procedures for rope rescues involving conscious casualties, outlining the best practices and safety precautions to be taken. This is followed by specialized training for handling rope rescues of unconscious casualties, emphasizing the additional complexities and care required. An important facet of this module is the focus on maintaining clear and consistent communication with the casualty, as this can be vital for both the casualty’s psychological well-being and the success of the rescue operation. Furthermore, we explore the medical aspects by discussing the causes and effects of suspension trauma. This includes learning about the physiological responses and the immediate steps to be taken in the event of a suspension trauma situation to minimize harm and expedite rescue.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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Training programme accreditation

This training programme is aligned to the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 229995: Install, use and perform basic rescues from fall arrest systems and implement the fall protection plan.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent, the candidate will receive a certificate of competence that is valid for a period outlined in policy of the company they are employed by, or the policy of the company their employer is sub-contracted to. If unspecified the default validity will be set at two years in line with South African industry norms.

SAQA credits allocation

In addition to being certified competent, candidate who have completed the required notional hours, and if enrolment procedures have been adhered to, will receive the allocated contributing credits towards an applicable national qualification, as well as a statement of results.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training. John, a construction team supervisor, was keen on implementing quality principles on his construction site. One day, a scaffold erecting and dismantling supervisor named Sarah joined the team. They had a quick meeting on planned task observations, as they aimed to apply quality control meticulously. The supervisory skills John had acquired in his training courses proved effective as he managed the team smoothly. An incident occurred when they started to operate pan compactors and trench compactors. Safety was their top priority, and they had a fire and evacuation marshal named Tim, as well as a fall protection planner named Emily. Both had gone through rigorous task observation training and were adept at safety monitoring. Suddenly, a fall arrest situation happened. A worker named Jack was dangling from the scaffold. Emily, the fall protection planner, initiated the protocols while Tim, the fire and evacuation marshal, cleared the area. Another team member, trained as a fall arrest rescue technician, sprung into action and rescued Jack efficiently. The next day, the management decided to elevate the role of the fire and evacuation marshal and the fall protection planner, to include teaching supervisory skills and management skills to all staff. It was crucial to maintain standards, including those for scaffold erection, soil compaction, and machinery operation. In the end, John felt proud of his team's swift actions and appreciated how every member's training in areas like conflict resolution, construction safety, and task safety played a role in averting a crisis. The management, impressed by the team's performance, decided to engage Sarah, the scaffold supervisor, to oversee scaffold dismantling as well. Sarah had significant scaffolding skills and had completed courses in leadership training and employee supervision. She was an expert at operating heavy machinery, including the trench compactors. John's team was also responsible for off-road 4x4 driving techniques, heavy vehicle defensive driving, and AARTO system regulations. Given the mix of terrains they had to navigate to reach different construction sites, these skills were essential. They even had courses for light delivery vehicles and motorcycle defensive driving for delivery staff. With AARTO system training, they made sure that professional drivers understood the legal obligations and safety requirements, particularly for fleet managers. To address the challenge of securing heavy machinery for transport, they had a specialized training session on lowbed securement best practices. A team member, Mark, was excellent at maintaining customer relations, a skill he acquired through specific training programs. As the team expanded, pre-employment professional driver evaluations were introduced. This helped in assessing the driving skills of new recruits, which was crucial for maintaining construction site safety. Economic driving skills were taught to make the best use of fuel, reducing operational costs. Their training programs also catered to expats, offering RSA roads orientation, anti-hijacking techniques, and risk mitigation. They even included a unique program focusing on defensive driving for gravel roads. The last addition to their training curriculum was a special course on economic driving skills and techniques to help save fuel and reduce emissions. One day, they received a big project that required additional skilled workers. Luckily, John had undergone supervisory training, enabling him to manage even larger teams effectively. The project was a big success, and it was all thanks to their diverse skill set, continuous training, and excellent supervisory skills. The team felt a sense of accomplishment, knowing their comprehensive training—from 4x4 driving techniques to construction equipment operation—made them versatile and effective in their roles.
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