New Entrant Mini Digger Training Course

The aim of this Mini Digger course is to equip candidates with the skills, knowledge and understanding to operate earth-moving plant in a safe and efficient manner.

This course is designed for participants who don’t have prior experience.

Available as an Onsite Course

NOT Available as a Public Course

Course Objectives

The aim of this Mini Digger course is to equip candidates with the skills, knowledge and understanding to operate earth-moving plant in a safe and efficient manner.

This course is designed for participants who don’t have prior experience.

Course Topics
  • The machines essential features and routine maintenance.
  • How to operate the machine safely and effectively.
  • How to avoid potential dangers.
  • Health and safety legislation.
  • How to give and understand bandsman’s signals.
  • How to move a machine to and from a site.
  • Starting and stopping the machine.
  • Pre-shift and daily checks.
  • Operating the machine.
  • Changing attachments.
  • Excavating and digging procedures/ practices.
  • Back-filling procedures/ practices.
Legislation

Participants

A maximum of 4 participants can attend each New Entrant Mini Digger training session.

Duration

New Entrant Mini Digger training sessions are 3-days in duration.

 

Certification

On successful competition of the New Entrant Mini Digger course participants will receive an Accredited Certificate. The certification will expire after 5-years.

Renewal

Participants are required to apply to renew their training.

Course Entry Requirements

  1. Possess a current Safepass registration card
  2. Participants must be at least 18 years of age
  3. Participants must bring with them to training a passport sized photograph        
  4. Wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE): safety helmet, safety boots, Reflective ‘hi-viz’ jacket, and gloves.

Site Requirements

All equipment, materials and resources listed must meet the required specification and be made available for the duration of the programme. *

  1.  Appropriate classroom, with sufficient heating, light, seating arrangements, and appropriate welfare facilities, must be available.
  2. A designated area of ground with access control which has been deemed safe following a recorded risk assessment in accordance with the Safe Systems of Work Plan, and all controls must be in place.
  3. Machine Specification:
    • Serviceable Mini Digger with a maximum operating weight of six tonnes, which meets current legislation.
    • Fitted with a quick-hitch and general purpose excavating bucket
    • Be provided with appropriate devices that, where the visibility of the operator is restricted the device will remedy the hazards arising from inadequate direct vision,
    • Appropriate operator’s manual,
    • Operational seat-belt,
    • Flashing beacon and other electrical devices in good working order,
    • Appropriate mirrors,
    • A replacement bucket for changing purposes, the replacement bucket must be compatible with the quick hitch.
  4. An area of ground, clear of hazards which must include:
    • A level area to allow for excavations up to 2.0 metres deep,
    • A ramp not less than 18% (1:5.5) incline, however manufacturer’s instructions must be checked to ensure the machine is capable of operating on this gradient,
    • The ramp must be either one ramp with sufficient manoeuvring area on top or two ramps with a level area at the top to halt the machine. The length of the ramp must be at least 1.5 times the length of the machine,
    • Uneven, rough terrain,
    • A stockpile of material for loading purposes.
  5. A vehicle(s) for loading, this must be a rear tipping vehicle having a minimum capacity equivalent to 6 full bucket loads of the digger being used for the test. Vehicle operators must be competent and hold relevant CSCS card where applicable.
  6. Suitable certificated lifting accessories.
  7. Cones/materials etc to create restrictions for travelling and manoeuvring.
  8. Appropriate marking, sighting and lining equipment to ensure excavation levels and centres.
Summary Of Assessments
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