Syllabus for Loading/Unloadling of Plant onto trailers

 Ratio:            1 Machine: 4 Trainees: 1 Instructor

Duration:       1 day (approx 7-8 hours)

1. Aim

To train operators with little or no experience on the correct procedures for loading/unloading of plant/MEWP, together with securing correctly for travel, onto trailers.

2. Elements

Operators will receive Loading / Unloading of Plant training on the following elements:

2.1      Their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974
2.2      Road Traffic Act
2.3.     Management Regulations 1999 – Risk assessments
2.4      PUWER – Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regs 1998
2.5      LOLER – Lifting operation and lifting equipment regulations 1998
2.6      HSG 136 – Workplace transport regulations
2.7      Safety rules and regulations
2.8      Pre-shift checks on vehicles used for transportation, i.e. anchor points etc.

3. Knowledge

On completion of Loading / Unloading of Plant training, operators will have an understanding of:

3.1      Their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974 and other legislation regarding safety when loading, unloading securing checking of slings, chains etc.
3.2      Safety rules and regulations
3.3      The importance of pre-shift checks

4. Skills

On completion of Loading / Unloading of Plant training, operators will be able to carry out the following to the required standard:

4.1      Pre-shift checks on trailer/unit and also equipment that is to be used.
4.2      Risk assessments
4.3      Ensuring that trailer/unit is stabilised prior to loading/unloading
4.4      Correct procedure to approach trailer/unit
4.5      Be aware of hazards/risks when driving up/down ramp onto trailer.
4.6      Drive correctly onto/off trailer/unit
4.7      Secure equipment /vehicle safely in accordance with laid down standards/company policy.

Training Standards and Criteria

Evidence that the standards and objectives of the course have been met will be established by the trainee undergoing a practical test as follows:

1. Pre-shift checks

1.1      Objectives:    To carry out daily pre-shift checks on equipment, trailer and chains etc.
1.2      Procedure:    Operators will carry out all necessary checks
1.3      Standard:      Pre-shift checks are to be carried out to the satisfaction of the Instructor

2. Driving ability

2.1       Objectives:  Trainees will demonstrate the ability to drive the machine
2.2      Procedure:   The Instructor will observe the operator’s ability to control and steer the machine using the correct safe methods.
2.3      Standard:      Driving capability to be carried out to the satisfaction of the instructor.

3. Loading & unloading
3.1      Objectives:    The trainee will position the machine for safe loading and unloading
3.2      Procedure:    The Instructor will tell the trainee to firstly load machine/plant onto
trailer safely and correctly, secure correctly for travel, using standards and/or company policy for procedures.

3.3      Standards: The Instructor will observe the trainee carrying out the exercise and check for the following:
3.3.1   Positioning of machine when approaching trailer
3.3.2   Correct procedure for loading trailer
3.3.3   Correct procedure for securing plant/machine onto trailer for travel
3.3.4   Off loading machine/plant correctly.
3.3.5   General safety/stability