The rapid development of industries across Africa serves as a potential growth platform for height safety consulting and training provider Height Wise Training Academy.
“As industries continue to expand, so too will the demand for safety training. Height Wise has distinguished itself as a reputable provider of height safety solutions training, and I believe that the company is in a prime position to gain significant market share, and to establish new training academies across the continent,” says Height Wise director Penny Fabricius.
n terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) of 1993,
she says, fall- arrest training is essential to the day-to-day safety of all workers in South Africa who are carrying out tasks more than 2 m above the ground.
“A considerable amount of workers in South Africa are exposed to varying degrees of work at height, and it is the responsibility of the employer, under the OHSA, to ensure that all employees obtain basic life-saving skills for the work environment.”
Fabricius points out that the academy has, to date, trained a number of people in the African mining, telecommunications and energy industries in the basic principles of fall- arrest systems, which are all compliant with the Institute for Work at Height (IWH) and the National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) standards.
“The IWH was formed as a result of the merger between the Specialised Manu-facturers Association and the Rope Access and Fall Arrest Association, and is currently working with the Department of Labour to establish a professional body for the work-at-height sector of South Africa.”
Fabricius notes that it is a challenge to promote the importance of the nationally recognised IWH and NQF qualifications. “Most corporations are aware of the need for safety training at height, but many are unaware of the different levels of qualifications.”