The purpose of this standard is to give the Hire Service technician the required skills and knowledge to safely complete inspections and conduct service and routine repairs on Road Tow Equipment
Nomenclature - names of different types & components of Road Tow Equipment - trailers (single/twin axle); generators; compressors; bowsers (water/fuel); mobile access; lighting; chippers; heaters, mixers.
Inspection - Following clean-down, be able to identify components to be inspected according to manufacturer schedules; carry out visual inspections, recording using correct terminology, items which may require attention such as broken lights, condition of tyres, leaks, damaged cables/pipe,gauges and controls, condition of tow hook & jockey wheel, visible accident damage to trailer/ casings, guard rails/trailer lighting board etc.
Pre-use Checks - Understand risk assessments and dangers (i.e. electric shock, explosion/fire) associated with each power source ; identify correct PPE for task and create a safe working area / zone off operating area to conduct basic checks following manufacturer and employer checklists before equipment is operated - to have knowledge and practical exposure to:
diesel powered generators (including electrical system - alternator, voltage regulator, battery charger and control panel/instruments), compressors - high pressure air systems; mixers; lighting towers and access equipment
Equipment operational checks - select the correct PPE, employ safe lifting techniques and follow manufacturer safe start up and operation procedures to check full functionality of all power sources (diesel, battery); switches and gauges/warning systems; levelling systems (manual and hydraulic); power generation, air pressure generation, boom/mast elevating systems
Basic servicing - knowledge training will cover all aspects of internal combustion engine (lubrication, cooling and filters); battery maintenance; hydraulic and compressed air, trailer braking systems.
The technician will be able to conduct safe oil change procedures, levels checking and top-ups and dispose of oils, rags and used filters according to employer environmental waste disposal procedures.
Fault diagnosis - will have sufficient knowledge to successfully diagnose common faults and be able to fault find on actual machinery including fuel; ignition and power generation faults; using electrical testing equipment;
Repairs - will have sufficient knowledge to review risk assessments and describe hazards and controls to be used for conducting repairs; what components can be repaired or replaced without return to manufacturer’s agent and know how to and carry out basic repairs across a range of Road Tow Equipment
Record keeping - know what records need to be completed, how and when and then complete records for practical repair work carried out above.
Legislation - Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act - companies have broad responsibilities for the safety of the products they hire out. This includes (so far as reasonably practicable) pre-hire testing and inspection to ensure continued safety, and the provision of information.