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June 30, 2010

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New course and qualification for safety-net riggers

Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET), the trade association serving the safety-net sector, has launched a new four-day training course leading to the award of FASET Specialist Rigger.

Developed in conjunction with the National Access and Rescue Centre (NARC), the initiative is backed by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and, according to FASET, it addresses the growing need for specialist riggers to access open steelwork to rig safety nets for roofs and floors.

FASET says the course comprises a practical training syllabus that takes account of the specific hazards associated with working at height installing safety nets from open steelwork. It covers the Work at Height Regulations, safe systems of work, planning, anchor systems, equipment, methods of personal access, including supported and suspended traversing, mechanical access methods, rescue, and considerations for the specific hazards when working at relatively low heights (between 5 and 6 metres).

The course is restricted to the UK construction industry and the qualification applies to the installation of safety nets to beams for roofs and floors where the pitch does not exceed 20 degrees. Qualified CSCS-carded riggers who successfully complete the new course in addition to their exiting safety-net rigging qualifications will be eligible for FASET Specialist Rigger Certification and CSCS Safety Net Rigger Card endorsement as ‘FASET Specialist Rigger’.

Alongside the specialist rigger course, FASET has also developed a management qualification for anyone involved in assessing the risks, deciding on work methods, writing method statements and supervising the work on site. Based on a one-day course, it provides an overview of the rigging techniques and rescue practices involved.

Jim Grieve, Principal Specialist Inspector at the HSE, commented: “For a variety of reasons, occasions arise when it is impractical to rig nets to steelwork from a collective means of fall protection, such as a mobile elevating work platform. HSE therefore welcomes the development of training courses and a registration scheme to address the combined need for competence in accessing steelwork and working from it to ensure nets are correctly rigged.”

More information is available at or call 01948 780652.

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