Shunter Operator Training FITAC Health & Safety

Shunter Operator Training

Course Aim

Operating Shunter vehicles is a dangerous activity as it involves manoeuvring large trailers / vehicles in confined spaces with other workers in the area. It is important for the employer to ensure the operator is competent to conduct this activity as a number of ‘Crush’ fatalities occur each year in the transport industry. This course involves both theory and practical elements and is conducted for both novice and experienced operators.

Course Programme

  • Theory element outlining health and safety regulations: causes of accident, danger areas, risk of crush injuries and international best practice.
  • Practical element: vehicle safety checks, coupling-uncoupling, reversing, parking, risk to workers and members of the public. Effects of shadow, lighting and noise in work area.
  • Pre-Course Requirements: A full licence for their vehicle category and a representative vehicle.

Who should attend?

Any person who is tasked with moving containers or large vehicles within a compound or confined area.
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Course Objectives

To familiarise operators with health and safety regulations and to ensure operators are competent to carry out their task.

Assessment/Certification

Each participant will be assessed on their Shunter abilities and should return to work with a very good understanding of how to manoeuvre large trailer/vehicles so to prevent accidents from occurring. Successful candidates will be issued with an RTITB certificate which is valid throughout Ireland and the UK