Empty Container Handler Training FITAC Health & Safety

Empty Container Handler Training

The scope of the training is to provide the necessary knowledge to handle and operate the empty container handler (ECH) in order to handle and move empty containers in a safe and productive way.

Numbver of Participants: Maximum of 2 

Duration: 5 Days 

Location: Onsite

Training Contents

  • General ECH technical knowledge
  • ECH daily maintenance – pre use check up
  • Stacking containers in a safe way
  • Stacking 2 containers in 1 move
  • Stacking empty containers 6 and 7 high
  • Using the safety clamps
  • Stability of the ECH
  • Risk detection and safety
  • Safety regulation of the terminal

Practical Initiation

  • How to operate the ECH
  • Control panel
  • Brake test
  • Safety instructions
  • Combination driving and operating joystick

Working with the ECH

  • Driving with the ECH
  • Approaching a container
  • Use of safety clamps
  • Hoisting an empty container
  • Centre the spreader
  • Anticipating with the driving surface to absorb ECH movements
  • Driving and turning in a tire-saving way

Assessment/Certification

The course will consist of both theoretical and Practical exam.

The successful candidate will be issued with an RTITB certificate which is valid throughout Ireland and the UK.

Lifting and lowering empty containers

  • Positioning of container in view of stability
  • Safe driving – safety level visibility
  • How to stack containers one high

Stacking Empty Containers 2 and 3 High

  • Positioning spreader in view of corner pockets
  • Order of manoeuvring (safety height before side movement or rotation)

Stacking Empty Containers 4 and 5 High

  • Anticipating changed stability of vehicle
  • Anticipating underground before stacking five high
  • Operating the joy stick (alternated handling commands)

Stacking Empty Containers 6 and 7 High

  • Anticipating changed stability of vehicle
  • Anticipating underground before stacking 7 high
  • Operating the joy stick (alternated handling commands)