Modern Fall Arrest Systems

There are a multitude of systems available today to anyone who works at height, some more elaborate than others. When dealing with the last option, PPE and fall arrest systems, it is imperative to understand the correct way to fit, configure and use these devices. Be it a two metre shock absorbing lanyard or a Type 3 winching block, errors in judgment or incorrect use can mean the device will be of little or no use in the event of a fall.

Just some of a host of common errors in the use of fall arrest equipment seen over and over again include:


Using wooden fences, scaffold handrails and other non rated structures as personal fall arrest anchorage’s for Type 1 and 2 fall arrest systems (which would be well under the min 15KN as required by AS 1891.4).

‘Back hooking’ shock absorbing lanyard double action hooks around anchor points onto the lanyard rope or web.

Using static polyester rope work positioning lanyards as fall arresters.

Connecting fall arrest lanyards to the end of Type 2 inertia reel cables for added ‘length’, thus potentially working well under the minimum clear air space for a Type 1 lanyard.

'Work positioning' or leaning out off a 'jerked' inertia reel cable. Correct training for all workers at height is a must.


About the HS2 Fall Arrest Systems course.

Conducted in accordance with the provisions of AS/NZS 1891.3 Fall Arrest Devices, AS/NZS 1891.4 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices - Selection, use & maintenance and Work Cover Guides 4503 on Use of Portable Ladders & 4512 on Use of Fall Arrest Systems.

This one day program is designed to give the student a solid grounding in the use, care and maintenance of Type 1, 2 & 3 fall arrest devices and associated equipment. We also look at the do's & don'ts of portable ladder use for accessing a work position and cover Harness Hang Syndrome (CARP). Retrieval techniques using a number of common systems (pre rigged lifting kits, pole hooks and Type 3 winching blocks) are covered in detail.


The HS2 course identifies the following units:

Select, use and maintain equipment for working at height

Use a ladder to gain access to the work position

Respond to emergencies at height


These units are delivered contextually within a framework of industrial height safety.

Students receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment on successful completion of the training & assessment.



Site specific: 1 day (8 contact hours)



$250.00 per person (inc. GST). See SAR Program Info for details.

Minimum number of four students per course. The course fee covers training resources, all equipment, assessment, provision of Statements of Attainment.



Must be at least 17 years of age

Speak, read and understand the English language (unless accompanied by a skilled translator)

Fit and healthy for working at height



On-the-job or at a designated SAR training facility.



Existing personal (or workplace) equipment should be used for consistency, however SAR will supply the latest in fall arrest systems and PPE (personal protective equipment) on demand.



Statement of Attainment in Working at Height (Fall Arrest Systems).


HS2 Fall Arrest Systems


HS1 Basic Harness Awareness

HS3 Work Positioning

HS4 Work & Rescue at Height

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