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Assess a worksite for work at height and prepare a fall protection plan (Fall Protection Plan Developer)


Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 229994)

A fall protection plan is a safety plan for workers in unprotected elevated work areas, generally at heights above two meters. The plan aims to provide a safe working environment and to administer the use of fall protection measures, techniques and equipment. It ensures standard practices designed to ensure that fall prevention training, procedure and practices are shared with all employees for implementation.

Fall protection plan are designed to ensure the safety of employees so as to prevent falls from heights at the workplace and It is prepared, altered, approved and implemented only by qualified persons. A copy of this plan should be kept ready and at hand at the job site.

Successful candidates credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Performing a risk assessment of the worksite where work is to be done at height.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of fall arrest rescue equipment and advanced fall arrest rescue.
  • Developing a fall protection plan and fall arrest plan.
  • Managing safety of personnel working at heights.




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Learners wishing to acquire the competencies in this course will be people responsible for the safety and protection of people working at height where there is a risk of injury from a fall. The learner will be responsible for the safety of others performing tasks at height.

Qualifying learners are able to develop fall protection plans for people working at height, required by the Occupational Health and safety act (Act 85 of 1993). The area of focus of this course will be;

Legislative requirements

  • General duties of employers to their employees (Section 8)
  • Duty to inform (Section 13)
  • General duties of employees at work (Section 14)
  • Duty not to interfere with, damage or misuse things. (Section 15
  • Personal safety equipment & facilities (General Safety Regulation 2)

Basic fall arrest equipment

Fall protection Construction (Regulations 10)

Sample of a Fall Protection/Arrest Policy and Plan

  • Objectives
  • Scope
  • Concepts
  • Basic Fall Protection Requirements
  • Factors that can cause a fall
  • Usage of Fall Protection Equipment
  • Maintenance of Fall Protection Equipment
  • Inspection of Fall Protection Equipment
  • Training requirements
  • Signage
  • Fall Protection Emergencies

Before Onsite Work Begins

  • As onsite work progresses

Fall Protection Plan Development

Identification of Potential Risk, Planned Job Observation and Written Safe Work Procedures


Choosing a harness

Using a Harness

Fall Arrest Standard

When to Wear Fall Arrest

  • Fall arrest group types defined
  • Care and use

Lifelines, and lanyards

Phases of fall protection

  • Before the fall
  • Fall arrest
  • Suspension
  • Rescue
  • Interference among Phases


  • Before the potential fall
  • After a fall
  • Harness rescues
  • Recommendations on harnesses

Economics of a fall

  • Gravity works

What is fall protection

Difference between Slips, Trips and Falls from Elevation

Fall arrest terms and definitions

  • Anchorage
  • Body belt
  • Body harness
  • Buckle
  • Competent person
  • Connector
  • Deceleration device
  • Deceleration distance
  • Equivalent
  • Free fall
  • Free fall distance
  • Lanyard
  • Lifeline
  • Personal fall arrest system
  • Qualified person
  • Rope grab
  • Self-retracting life line/lanyard
  • Snap-hook
  • Tie off

Elements of a Fall Hazard

  • Free Fall Distance
  • Shock Absorption at Impact
  • Body Weight
  • Total fall distance

Prevention of Fall Arrest as a Means of Fall Protection

Setting Fall Arrest Equipment Objectives


Myth vs. Fact

Myth vs. Facts about belt use

Body Support

Connecting Means

Consideration in the selection of an anchor point should minimally include

Entry Level Requirements Into This Programme?

  • Certified copy of his/her ID document
  • School certificate Grade 12 (Std 10) or Skills certificate equivalent NQF Level 3
  • Be medically fit and in possession of a medical certificate, declaring him/her free from a condition that may prevent him/her from working safely at heights.

Learning Assumed To Be In Place And Recognition Of Prior Learning:

  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent

Target Audience

All employees, Managers, Supervisors and safety practitioners responsible for the implementation of Fall protection plan in the workplace.

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