Safety Training and Certification
When it comes to transporting heavy items in those in hard-to-reach areas, access to a lorry loader crane is vital. When you hire HIAB trucks from Trident, you not only get a strong and sturdy vehicle that can transport any object easily but also a qualified driver and operator that is fully certified and has complete knowledge about safety procedures. All our lorry loader crane operators undergo thorough training to ensure they can operate HIAB trucks safely and with the utmost professionalism every time. Here are some of the training and certifications that you will get with a HIAB truck hire with a driver.
Eligibility for a HIAB licence
To fully qualify for a licence to drive and operate a HIAB crane, all drivers must meet certain minimum criteria. First, all drivers must be at least 18 years of age and have a full UK driving licence. Each driver must be physically up to the task of operating a crane, which can be proven through a medical assessment. Lastly, our drivers must already have a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) Licence alongside their standard driving licence. If they have already trained to operate an HGV, they should already hold a CPC licence, otherwise, they will need to undergo a theory and practical exam to receive one.
Training for a HIAB licence
During a standard HIAB training course, the driver will learn all the theoretical and practical aspects of operating a HIAB crane. This includes working on the different components of a HIAB vehicle, equipment management, using the right lifting gears, and assessing the weights and balances of loads before transportation. The training courses also focus on health and safety procedures such as protective clothing and risk assessments, legal requirements such as proper documentation and traffic regulations, and operation techniques such as safe manoeuvring and positioning of cranes. Afterwards, the driver will complete an exam based on theory and practical assessments to prove they are competent enough to operate a HIAB truck. If they pass their exam, they will be given certification to operate a HIAB crane.
Other safety measures employed by HIAB drivers.
- All HIAB drivers must comply with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) as set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure safe and proper lifting.
- A risk assessment is carried out before each operation to prevent accidents. The assessment must consider the surrounding environment, including weather, terrain, and anything nearby that could pose a risk.
- Signage and hazard protection methods must be employed before the operation to ensure the safety of all parties involved, including any members of the public.
- Protective clothing must be worn by all employees, and safety equipment such as hard hats must be issued to prevent injury.
- The equipment must be inspected regularly throughout its life, and any faults will need to be identified and repaired as soon as possible.