CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry
Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours per day
The purpose of this standard is to give candidates who work in close proximity to mobile construction plant machinery an understanding of how to work safely around construction plant and machinery. This includes earthmoving and lifting appliances commonly found on construction sites and incorporates excavation awareness and traffic/vehicle movements within site activities.
- theoretical knowledge of excavator movements
- quick hitch best practice
- spoil characteristics
- underground and overground services
- new roads and street works signing and guarding
- working at height near excavations
- safety signs and signals within vehicle movements
- banksman role and responsibilities
- codes of practice
- manufacturers’ instructions and technical guidance
- hazards – all common plant and plant machinery covered
- hazards – noise, environmental, biological, underground services
- legislation, regulations and approved guidance
Training delivered against this standard is relevant to the following occupational group(s):
- operative and craft
- management and leadership.
There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.
As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:
- a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
- successfully completed training to this standard
- at least 5 years relevant industrial experience
- a verifiable CV.
Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.
All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.
The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.
The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:
This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning
For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.
Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.
CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the Training Standard.
Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.
There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.
Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.
By the end of the training, the candidate should be able to demonstrate the following behaviours and/or practise what they have learnt.
|Learning outcomes||Additional guiance to support learning outcomes
Understand key responsibilities under legislation and official guidance relating to safe working practices
Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)
Including codes of practice, technical guidance, best practice and manufacturers’ instructions/recommendations
|Describe close proximity hazards, including:
- machinery work areas
- safe banksman work operating zones
- operator blind spots
- operator safety devices
All common plant machinery to be covered
|Identify and describe hazards relating to:
- underground services
- buried structures and anomalies
|Identify and describe hazards relating to open excavations
||including working at height, collapses, positioning equipment etc.
|Describe how to control hazards relating to open excavations:
- working at height
- safe access and egress
|Describe how standard permits to dig work in practice
Describe spoil characteristics
|including angle of repose tolerance
Understand excavator movements and operations
Describe best practice in siting machines for excavating operations
|including specific lifting points that must be utilised
|Describe excavator attachments, their mechanisms and best practice:
using a range of attachments
|Describe good and bad practices of
lifting with excavators
|Understand the banksman role and
|Understand safety signs and signals within vehicle movements
||including signing and guarding
|Load machinery onto trailers on public highway
|Describe emergency plans and
procedures and how they are used
Additional information about this standard