CPCS A12 180 Excavator Training – Above 5 Tonne

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180 Excavator Above 5T Training Course Outline

Digger 180° excavator loaders, or backhoe loaders, were originally built in the early 1950s and were mounted on the rear end of two wheel drive agricultural tractors; as four wheel drive had not been invented at the time.

The hydraulic power to operate the backhoe was driven by the tractor’s (PTO) power take off. Unfortunately, these were slow and clumsy and often stalled the tractor when in operation. Another negative side to mounting the 180 backhoe loader was the extra weight on the tractor frame. If the machine was required to leave hard standing and operate in soft underfoot conditions, they were prone to bog down, and with only a two-wheel drive tractor to propel the machine they were even more bogged down.

It is important to emphasise that the 180° refers to the arc of swing of the backhoe. In the early fifties, the 180° backhoes were often operated from a seat outside the cab and were very uncomfortable and open to the elements. The most common operating weights of rubber tyre 180° backhoe loaders are between around 3 tonnes to 5 tonnes. The most common weight is approximately 7 tonnes.

Digger loaders are fitted with a front shovel or bucket forward of the front wheels and a backacter to the rear of the machine. Modern backhoe loaders are usually 75hp or 80hp, depending on whether they are naturally aspirated or turbo charged.

CPCS A12 180 Excavator Above 5T:

Industrial Training Services offer CPCS A12 180 excavator training courses for the novice operator and for semi experienced operators that would benefit from 180 excavator training before they take their CPCS test. Novice operators CPCS and CITB recommend a minimum 10 day course.

For semi-experienced operators, the duration may vary dependant on the amount of experience the operator has. Candidates with a reasonable amount of experience on the 180 excavator will be able to take their CPCS test on the A12 180 excavator.

Generally we would recommend A12 CPCS 180 excavator training, as CPCS is the most widely accepted scheme in the construction industry, offering the operator better work opportunities.

NPORS is accepted on some construction sites, however at present we would recommend A12 CPCS 180 excavator training and testing. A12 CPCS 180 excavator training is for the above 5 tonne machine. Our A12 CPCS 180 excavator training prepares the operator for both the theory and practical test under CPCS.

Operators that achieve the required standards will be awarded the above 5 tonne category on their red CPCS card.

180 Excavator Above 5T Course Content

Our CPCS A12 180 excavator training course covers:

  •  Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • (PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • (LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
  • Road Traffic Act
  • Different types of excavators, basic construction, components, and the purpose and use of all controls
  • How to comply with manufacturer instructions in accordance with the operator’s handbook
  • Checking the 180 excavator is serviceable and stable for safe operation prior to use
  • Pre-start and operational checks
  • Safety devices are functioning as per operational specification
  • Operating, driving and manoeuvring the machine
  • Basic excavating
  • Backfilling
  • Change the buckets (quick hitch)
  • Levelling the excavated area
  • Bulk material movement and loading vehicles
  • Loading with front shovel
  • Use the 4 in 1 bucket operation
  • Excavating trenches straight line and 90°, square excavations
  • Operating the excavator on slopes and uneven ground
  • Loading a vehicle from ground level
  • Recognising and responding to given instructions
  • Keeping within safe working parameters of the excavator and other machines in the area
  • Placing the 180 excavator in an out-of-service condition, to isolate and secure the machine
  • Explaining the limitations of use when using the 180 excavator

    The A12 CPCS 180 excavator training course provides the candidate with the skills and knowledge they require to successfully achieve the standards the A12 CPCS 180 excavator above and below 5-tonne test requires.

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Outcome

On completion of the A12 CPCS 180 excavator training course, the operative will be able to:

  •  Demonstrate a good understanding of the regulations that apply to the safe use of 180 excavator
  • Carry out a full pre-start/shift check on the 180 excavator and record their findings
  • Carry out a full operational check on the 180 excavator and record their findings
  • Operate the 180 excavator in line with the manufacturer instructions/manual
  • Load a dumper to capacity
  • Safely ascend and descend slopes
  • Excavate to the correct levels and tolerances, trenches straight line and 90°, square excavations.
  • Level an area to a good standard
  • Load a vehicle/hopper
  • Use a 4 in 1 bucket
  • Change buckets safely and efficiently
  • Keep within safe working parameters of the 180 excavator
  • Place the 180 excavator in an out-of-service condition, isolate and secure
  • Understand the limitations of use when operating the 180 excavator
  • Report any problems or defects

    At the end of the A12 CPCS 180 excavator training course, the candidate should be able to achieve the required standards of the CPCS theory and practical test. If the candidate achieves the required standards of the CPCS test a CPCS red card will be awarded.

Health & Safety

Before you can take a CPCS test of any kind – you must have completed a health and safety touchscreen test within the past 2 years. If you haven’t done so, you can book a test using the telephone service on 0344 994 4488.

Legality

Legislation covered:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
(PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
(LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
Road Traffic Act

Operators, supervisors and managers will have a good understanding of the regulations that apply to the safe operation and use of the type of 180 excavator for which they are trained. Additionally, inspections and the need to keep a record of the checks carried out by the operator and how to operate the 180 excavator as per the manufactures recommendations are covered on the course.

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