Shunt Unit and Trailer

Ratio:            1 Machine: 3 Trainees: 1 Instructor

Duration:       Refresher Course – 1 day

3 Experienced Operators – 3 days

2 Experienced Operators – 2 days

3 Novice Operators – 5 days

2 Novice Operators – 4 days

1 Novice Operator – 3 days

Definition:      Experienced = Operators with approx 6 months experience but no certificate

1. Aim

The aim of this training course is to ensure candidates receive all relevant information and skills to be able to carry out the operations in a safe and competent manner.

2. Elements

The course will comprise of theoretical and practical instruction covering the following:

2.1      Responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), PUWER (1998), LOLER (1998), (HSG 136)

2.2      Definitions of accidents, hazards and risks

2.3      Company Profile

2.4      Factors affecting stability

2.5      Identification of components and introduction to the unit

2.6      Daily inspections and fault recording

2.7      Explanation and demonstration of coupling and uncoupling procedures

2.8      Manoeuvring in open and confined areas

2.9      Demonstration of driving

2.10    Safe operations when using trailer

2.11    Coupling and uncoupling procedures with a trailer

2.12    Safety when working with tankers/live loads

2.13    Parking trailers in parking bays (easy and blind side) to include Vehicle Banksman

2.14    Operators safety code

2.15    Parking and post-stop checks

3. Knowledge

On completion of training candidates will have a theoretical understanding of the following:-

3.1      Responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), PUWER (1998), LOLER (1998), (HSG 136)

3.2      Accidents, hazards and risks

3.3      Company Policy

3.4      Factors affecting stability

3.5      Components and introduction to the unit

3.6      Daily inspections and fault recording

3.7      Controls

3.8      Manoeuvring in open and confined areas

3.9      Driving

3.10    Safe operations when using a trailer

3.11    Coupling and uncoupling procedures with a trailer

3.12    Safety when working with tankers / live loads

3.13    Parking trailers in set parking bays (easy and blind side) to include Vehicle Banksman

3.14    Operators safety code

3.15    Parking and post-stop checks

4. Skills

On completion of training the candidate will be able to:-

4.1      Carry out pre-start safety checks and start-up procedures as per Company Policy

4.2      The ability to manoeuvre and operate the unit and trailer correctly within the manufacturer’s recommendations and to the operator’s safety code.

4.3      Connect and disconnect from a trailer

4.4      Park trailers in set parking bays (easy and blind side) including Vehicle Banskman Signals

4.5      Correctly park, shut-down and secure the vehicle

4.6      Carry out a post-stop inspection