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Loading Shovel


Responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974, PUWER 98 & LOLER 98 Operators Safety code Refuelling, Pre-use checks on a Loading Shovel Factors affecting stability of a Loading Shovel Motive controls & Hydraulic controls Operating in open and confined areas Manoeuvring a Loading Shovel on different terrains Lorry Loading and unloading 


1 Day (Experienced Operator)

5 Days (Novice)

Maximum Number

1- 4 Candidates


Novice - None Refresher - Proof of prior operations & experience


This course aims to provide delegates with a thorough understanding of the operational, and safety requirements together with the necessary operational skills applicable to Loading Shovel. This course is applicable to novices or experienced operators requiring scheme re-assessment.

Teaching Methods

Classroom (Powerpoint, Handouts, Videos,Written Question Paper)

Practical (Demonstrations, Hands on, Assessment of Competence)

Training includes

  • Basic construction, names of components and the purpose and use of all controls and gauges
  • Use of the operator’s handbook, etc
  • Pre-use, start, running checks and close-down procedure
  • Preparing the excavator for site and road travel
  • Travelling the excavator over differing types of terrain, including rough, undulating ground and up and down substantial inclines
  • Manoeuvring, progressing to confined spaces in a forward and reverse direction
  • Positioning and setting the machine to excavate
  • Precautions and actions for underground and overhead services and other hazards
  • Soil and material characteristics
  • Excavating below ground lever
  • Loading vehicles and hoppers
  • Backfilling, grading, spreading and levelling different types of terrain
  • How to remove and re-attach different buckets
  • Placing the excavator in an out-of-service condition
  • Loading and unloading procedures on and off a transporter
  • Trained operator achievement test
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