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NPORS N100 Excavator As A Crane training and testing



Using the excavator as a crane for lifting operations is a common activity in the construction industry. The excavator's ability to be used for multiple applications makes it a versatile and useful tool. It is vital that those operating plant and machinery are trained and competent to do so, which is a requirement of the provision and use of work equipment regulations 1998.


It is envisaged that by the end of this course of training the learner will be able to answer questions on and perform the following activities

· Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and your responsibilities as an excavator operator in relation to lifting operations.

· Be able to conform to the manufactures requirements as per technical data confirmed to relevant regulations and legislation

· Be able to locate and identify the major components of the machine and explain their functions

· Be able to locate and identify steering, driving and breaking controls and explain their functions

· Safely mount and dismount the machine

· Start and stop the engine and safely move the machine off and stop it safely

· Carry out all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturers and legislative requirements

· Configure the machine for travel and manoeuvre it safely over varying terrain rough ground inclines in open and confined areas

· Conduct all necessary safety checks of the work area

· Be able to locate, identify and explain safe working loads lifting capacity charts and explain how the manufacturer may reduce the lifting capacity when moving a suspended load different lifting configurations and working ranges.

· Manoeuvre the machine to the work area and correctly configure it in readiness to carry out lifting and load handling tasks

· Identify and explain different lifting procedures explain what task could fall into each category

· Identify and explain centres of gravity and calculate estimated weights of loads

· identify any overhead and proximity hazards

· Be able to agree the signal codes hand signals direction of movement safe working and safe landing placement zone with the slinger/signaller

· Ensure the excavator is in a safe condition and attachments are fitted correctly

· Check the load integrity and security by carrying out a trial lift

· Be able to lift a move allowed to designated positions in a safe and controlled manner ensuring minimum uncontrolled movement

· Understand environmental considerations

· Carry out all end of shift and shutdown procedures



Novice course duration: 5 days

Bolt on category: 2 days


Maximum novice course ratio: 3 operators 1 Machines 1 trainer (3.1.1)

Bolt on course ratio: 4 operators 1 Machines 1 trainer (4.1.1)


Maximum number of novice tests per day: 3

Bolt on category: 4


Maximum number of refresher tests per day: 3

Bolt on category:


Maximum number of experienced worker tests per day: 6*


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