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NEW SPECIALIST SAFETY NET RIGGER QUALIFICATION

FASET launch new course on rigging safety nets from open steelwork

Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET), the trade association serving the safety net sector in the UK and Ireland, has launched a new 4-day training course leading to the award of FASET Specialist Rigger qualification.

The course has been developed in conjunction with the National Access and Rescue Centre (NARC) and caters for persons required to work at height rigging safety nets from open steelwork.

This initiative is backed by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and addresses the growing need for specialist riggers to access open steelwork to rig safety nets for roofs and floors.

Qualified CSCS carded riggers who successfully complete the new 4-day course in addition to their existing safety net rigging qualifications will be eligible for FASET Specialist Rigger Certification and CSCS Safety Net Rigger Card endorsement as ‘FASET Specialist Rigger’.

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.

HSE and CSCS welcome latest development

Jim Grieve, Principal Specialist Inspector at 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.”

Gordon Jenkins, CSCS Scheme Manager said:

“CSCS has supported FASET in the development of FASET Specialist Rigger training and assessment and welcomes its introduction. CSCS, like FASET, is keen to ensure that all workers on site are competent and health and safety aware.”

Course dates for both qualifications are available now. More information is available at www.faset.org.uk  or by telephone on +44 (0) 1948 780652.

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