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.

Course Objectives

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


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