Loading Machine Training

22nd November 2017

Winter is coming! We’ve heard that Jon SNOW has been seen on the highest peaks on England recently, the office staff would really like some in Cheshire (the instructors are not as keen). Carrying on our Game of Thrones theme as we bring you details of salt/gritter loading machine training advise.

Kentra Training is based in Middlewich, one of the 3 Cheshire salt towns, the others being Northwich and Nantwich. The name is ‘wich’ is derived from Anglo-Saxon, in names of salt-working towns . . . wīc originally denoted the buildings connected with a salt-pit or even the town that grew up around it.

As such we have always had a close working relationship with local firms and councils delivering their training for the machines which load either the lorries to deliver the salt throughout the country or the local salt gritting machines. These vehicles tend to be Loading Shovels, there are various training options depending on the experience of the candidates. A novice course can be up to 5 days for 3 candidates. A refresher and test course for candidates who have been previously training but need remedial tuition is a one day course for 3 candidates or if you have experienced operators who just need testing, we can deliver 1 day assessments for 6 operators.

Loading Machine Training

According to the HSE vehicles at work continue to be a major cause of fatal and major injuries. Every year there are over 5000 incidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed. Estimates suggest that up to one-third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is at work at the time.

As an Employer – What to do first?
To manage the risks from workplace transport effectively, you need to consider three key areas:
● Safe site
● Safe vehicle
● Safe driver

Some Dos and Don’ts
● Keep people and vehicles apart
● Have clear site rules and enforce them
● Anchor loads securely to the vehicle chassis
● Avoid the need to work at height on vehicles
● Operate vehicles unless you are authorised to do so

Vehicle safety
Employers and dutyholders must make sure that vehicles used in the workplace are:
● safe;
● right for the job;
● driven safely;
● accessed safely; and
● regularly maintained, repaired and inspected.

The right vehicle for the job
● Employers must make sure that vehicles can do the job that is required of them.
● Vehicles should be stable, whatever job they are doing.
Questions to ask
Your specification when choosing a workplace vehicle should include answers to the following questions
● What are the dimensions of the load it will carry?
 height
 weight
 width
● How will loads be secured?
● How far will the vehicle travel?
● What terrain will the vehicle be driven on?
● In what conditions will the vehicle be used, for example:
● In a confined space (where an electric model may be more suitable)
● In extremes of heat or cold? And will this affect the operation of the vehicle and/or the driver’s ability to control the vehicle?

This is all advise that we offer to employers with regards the loading machine training course, and points are covered with the trainees to ensure safe vehicle loading. More information is available on the HSE website for the use of vehicles at work, or here’s a link to our course syllabuses for Loading Shovels and the main Plant Operator page, for the training we can provide.

We hope that you have found this article on loading machine training of interest, as always our office staff are available for you to Contact Us and are happy to discuss any of your training queries. We’ve enjoyed our Game of Thrones news month covering Dragon flames and fire on Bonfire night and Working at heights in high winds (of Westeros) but warn you the Kentra Elves are coming for December.

Warm regards The Kentra Team

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