OSHA Fall Protection Training

The lack of OSHA fall protection training can often put employees in great danger. They’re handed a harness and told to work. But they don’t know what to do with the harness or why they need it. That’s why we work with Cal/OSHA to offer the kind of training that saves lives.

You should not put employees in a situation posing a fall hazard without training first.

Professional OSHA Fall Protection Training

Training is an integral part of any company’s fall protection plan. Versatile Systems, Inc. has increased efforts in recent years to provide fall protection training opportunities. We have partnered with Cal/OSHA, and we provide a surplus of courses on the following topics:

  • Competent Person Fall Protection Training
  • Authorized User Training
  • Rescue Training

“Ten years ago you couldn’t find fall protection training, they were few and far between,” says Mr. Bohres, of Warner Brother’s Studios. He added: “[fall protection training’s] recent prevalence is improving safety across the board.”

Feedback from an attendee:
” If you want the Best Fall Protection Class Ever go see John McHugh at Versatile Systems, Inc. The Best Fall Protection Class I have ever attended .” ~Robert Fernandez of OSHA Training Institute at University of San Diego

We are excited to share what we are passionate about, teaching skills that improve construction safety and save lives!

Competent Person Training

This course is designed for Managers and Supervisors of personnel that work at heights. Attendees will be exposed to state-of-the-art fall protection technology and current OSHA standards under the tutelage of safety instructors John McHugh and Mike Scharnell.


  • Principles of fall protection
  • Components of fall arrest systems
  • Limitations of fall arrest equipment
  • OSHA policies regarding fall protection
  • Rescue procedures

Furthermore, this course features a one-day hands-on field exercise demonstrating an array of fall protection equipment.

Field Exercise Topics

  • Conventional Systems
  • Body Holding Devices
  • Anchor Points
  • Harnesses
  • Vertical/Horizontal Traveling Systems
  • Rescue Techniques

Learn fall protection methods and the OSHA fall protection standard. Strengthen your fall arrest system today!

Fee: $625 per person Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Location: Burbank, CA (details provided upon registration)

Deadline to Register: Monday prior to each class.

All materials are included & refreshments will be provided each morning.

Authorized User Training

Workers exposed to any fall hazard or fall risk must be trained to use the required fall protection equipment before accessing elevated work areas.

Fatal falls, slips, or trips took the lives of 666 workers in 2011, about 14 percent of all fatal work injuries. Falls to a lower level accounted for 541 of those fatalities. It is our goal to educate employers and workers on the dangers of fall hazards and to decrease the number of fall related deaths in years to come.

Rescue Training

Even though it is an OSHA requirement, the need for rescue from a fall is often overlooked by many general industry and construction industry facilities that are required to use fall protection.
The Rescue Training Course is designed for any employee who works at heights in construction or general industry. This course includes:

  • Hands-on interactive sessions with demonstration
  • Written exams

And field exercises teaching the basics of self-rescue as well as assisting a fall victim

The training outlined below is for the safe techniques used in performing the rescue of a fallen worker suspended by fall protection equipment.

This training will take place over two, eight-hour days, splitting time between classroom and on-site instruction. VER Safety will provide all necessary training materials and lunch each day. All participants must have a working knowledge of fall protection equipment and no fear of heights. Each student will be asked to act as both victim and rescuer and will be expected to complete the rescue without coaching by the end of the class.

All applicable OSHA regulations are followed and covered during the training course, including ANSI Z359. This is the updated standard for fall protection, and it contains two important guidelines for rescue. Portion Z359.0 provides facility managers with a plan to build and maintain rescue operations, and portion Z359.3 standardizes the construction, use, and training requirements for fall protection rescue equipment. We will go highlight these regulations in the training.

Rescue 101 ~ Course Description

Participants will gain basic understanding of fall protection equipment and its proper use, safe climbing techniques and high angle rescue techniques. Our interactive approach allows individuals to practice these new techniques in their work environment.

Our two-day training gives your personnel exposure to industrial climbing and rescue techniques and equipment in a controlled environment specific to their job. Custom courses can be designed for specific applications such as buildings, dams, bridges, towers, amusement park rides and pipelines.
This introductory course allows you and your staff to learn fall protection fundamentals that apply to your particular job description. You also get to practice these techniques in real life situations.

VER Safety trainers will work closely with you to identify the safest, most efficient rescue procedure for your employees and train them to understand the regulations that apply. We’ll help you develop your fall protection plan.
With class sizes ranging from 6 people to a maximum of 15 people we are able to work with each individual on every aspect of the training.

Recommended For

  • Staff who work at heights in areas not accessible with lift equipment.
  • Entertainment riggers
  • Managers, Supervisors of personnel who work at heights.
  • Anyone responsible for the supervision and safety of others who work at heights

Course Objectives

After completing this tailored course, students will be better able to carry out rescues from structures at heights while using fall protection equipment. Students will know the specific regulations and proper use of all equipment specific to the rescue plan for this building and each site within.

  • Anchors, rigging considerations and techniques
  • Connectors, and Harnesses
  • Applicable Regulations & Standards
  • Rescue equipment and considerations when starting a job
  • Basic knowledge of post rescue situations specific to being suspended in a harness

About Our Instructors

John McHugh is the VP of Versatile Systems, IncCalifornia’s leader in fall protection safety. His expertise in the field has made him one of the most prominent figures in fall protection training and systems installation.

Mike Scharnell is a Senior Account Manager at VER Sales, Inc. with twelve years of fall protection experience providing engineered fall protection solutions for companies where work at heights is performed by their employees. He specializes in fall protection systems, equipment and training.

Versatile Systems, Inc. provides expert fall arrest training.

At Versatile Systems, Inc. we know that the most important feature of a sound fall prevention system is a skilled user of the system. From design and manufacture of fall prevention systems to installation, inspections and training, you need look no further than Versatile Systems, Inc. Call Versatile Systems, Inc., your partner in fall safety.


To the right are a few questions that we commonly get about our training– if your question isn’t listed, please contact us!

What method do you use for training?

We built our training facility so that trainees can practice and experience fall arrest procedures and protocols using real equipment and climbing apparatus. Our structure for fall prevention training enables us to simulate workplace procedures, rescue situations, rigging, confined space, and general fall protection protocols.

Trainees learn to assemble and disassemble equipment, connect equipment to systems and properly operate the systems they will be using. They will also learn custom needs, such as confined space rescue training. We share your commitment to safety, call today!

Is training boring?

A common trainee comment is that Versatile System’s training center is kind of like a Gymboree for adults. We take that as a compliment. Because while teaching safety is serious business, we want our trainees to be comfortable and to enjoy the experience.

Trainee safety is always our number one goal. So we take the time to make sure that each individual understands and can demonstrate the essential skills, procedures and protocols vital to their safety and to the safety of others. Call today to schedule your employee fall protection training!

What certification do you provide?

When Versatile Systems, Inc. provides training for your employees, you’ll know that your workers are competent because we provide certification for each trainee. In order to earn certification, each individual must demonstrate a predetermined set of competencies during the training. Our skilled instructors are patient and they have the teaching skill to help each person be successful.

The certifications currently available at Versatile Systems, Inc. are:

  1. Authorized User
  2. Competent Inspection
  3. Competent Person (Must be certified in both 1 and 2)
  4. Fall Protection-Rescue Training
  5. Confined Space Training
  6. Specialized Rigging; And Coming Soon
  7. First Aid/CPR

Don’t wait to certify the competence of your employees, call Versatile Systems.

What curriculum do you use?

Our instructors have decades of experience in fall protection and all this knowledge is integrated into our exclusive training curriculum. We know that your workers don’t want to spend a lot of time in the classroom. So we have designed a training program that delivers essential information in a classroom setting reinforced through hands-on application in our training facility. Our OSHA fall protection training programs vary in duration according to the course requirements, but most courses are completed in 1-4 days. Corporate rates are available. Call today!

Contact Us

28064 Avenue Stanford, Unit F Valencia, CA 91355

(855) 837-3255