About The heightec Group
heightec Group is a comprehensive provider of equipment, training and
information to all industries who work at height.
We specialise in the design and manufacture of
technical fall protection and personal protective equipment such as harnesses,
descenders, lanyards, ascenders, quadpods and stretchers. Our customers are
typically involved in active work methods such as rope access, mast, tower and
pylon climbing, confined space rescue, arboriculture and vertical rescue - by
the fire service and industrial rescue teams.
heightec products are modern, innovative and easy to
use, with superior strength and increased durability. Our equipment is designed
to provide the maximum support whilst being as light, comfortable and
unobtrusive as possible.
As well as providing individual products, we also offer
modular, pre-assembled work kits which contain all the items needed to work
safely in a particular activity or to rescue an injured colleague. All kits are
ready to use - straight out of the bag.
heightec products have won a variety of awards for
innovation, including a UK Design Council Millennium Product award in 2001, and
The Innovation Award of the British Safety Industry Federation in 2004, 2006
and high commended in 2007.
Going beyond the norm
Many of our products have specifications which are well
in excess of the minimum requirements specified by European standards - in some
cases exceeding the requirement of the standard by up to 50%. By creating
products which exceed normal specifications, we try ensure that a product
conforms to the requirements of the standard for the whole of its active life,
even when subject to aging or degradation.
To allow for use by persons who are heavier than the "typical" 100kg anticipated by European standards, all of our harnesses are
dynamically tested with a load of 125 kg. Rescue products may be tested with
even higher loads rigorously.
We provide equipment and training to every sector of
industry, both in the UK
and globally. Our clients include government departments, military agencies,
multinational corporations, fire and rescue services, police, county councils,
small businesses and individuals.
We welcome enquiries from all prospective clients,
whether end user, distributor or retailer.
All of our business activities are certified to ISO
9001:2000. We are one of very few providers of height safety training to
We are proud to make products of absolute quality - without compromise. For example, digital programming of sewing machines allows
us to be certain that every load bearing stitch on every harness is perfectly
produced. All products are subjected to rigorous inspection several times
during the production process.
Quality control does not stop when the product leaves
the factory. Every harness and lanyard is uniquely, indelibly numbered so that
purchasers can immediately log their equipment into their own inventory control
Training services - The National Access and Rescue
The National Access and Rescue Centre (NARC) is the
specialist training division of The heightec Group. The group provides a full
range of equipment, training, inspection and testing services to public and
private sector organisations of all types who need to work at height.
Our 35m high indoor training complex has been specially adapted for the training
of work at height and is the most comprehensive environment anywhere for the
teaching of such methods. There are no less than four different free standing
training towers, including a 25m high lattice structure and 10m monopole. There
are confined tanks with vertical ladderways; high platforms and gangways;
vertical shafts; several scaffolds and a variety of overhead beams, columns,
floor apertures and stairways.
NARC has two dedicated indoor training centres for Work
at Height, one in Kendal (Cumbria), the other in North London, with a third
site based Kelvedon (Essex) used primarily for external training, providing
candidates with exposure to realistic work solutions. NARC also provides
training on clients' own sites, both around the UK and internationally.
The heightec Group participates in the development of
product standards and Codes of Practice at both national and international
level. We are presently active in the following roles:
- Chair - Work at Height Safety Association
- Chair - Drafting group for BS 8454 Code of Practice
for Work at Height Training
- Member - Training Committee - Height and Access
Safety Group (UK harness manufacturers' assn)
- Member - HSE sub-group for Work at Height Regulations
- Member - Advisory Committee for Work at Height
- Member - British Standards Committee PH/5 Industrial
safety belts and harnesses
- Member - Health, Safety and Equipment Committee -
IRATA (rope access association)
- Member - Project group for ISO Product standard:
- Member - Project group for ISO Code of Practice for
In addition to committee work, we have delivered
technical training to the HSE drafting group of the Work at Height Regulations
and have provided bespoke training to HSE Specialist Inspectors in current
issues in work at height.
heightec is a founder member of the Work at Height
Safety Association. This association is comprised of manufacturers of height
safety equipment and is dedicated to the setting of best practice at all levels
of the supply chain, including the training of users in the use of equipment.
heightec is also a member of the Industrial Rope Access
Trade Association (IRATA) and the Work at Height Safety Association (WAHSA).
Suppliers of PPE.