VRS use of vehicle mounted post/pile driver (vehicle restraint systems)


Overview
The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with the knowledge and skills to operate a vehicle mounted post/pile driver machine, which is typically installed on crawlers or lorries, and used for installing vehicle barrier posts.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry

Duration

Minimum 1 day 6 learning hours

Purpose/Scope

The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with the knowledge and skills to operate a vehicle mounted post/pile driver machine, which is typically installed on crawlers or lorries, and used for installing vehicle barrier posts.

The scope of this standard does not cover: how to drive or maintain the vehicle it is attached to, or how to set out a site in preparation for installation of post/piles.

The scope covers: 

  • hazards, risks, controls, and safe work practices, including: personal protective equipment (ppe), blind spots, hazardous zones, and emergency stops
  • main areas, parts, and functions of the machine
  • controls, instruments, alarms, safety features, and fault indications
  • voice and hand signals
  • pre-start-up and pre-use safety checks
  • operating envelope, stabilisers, and vehicle positioning 
  • how to set up for pile driving
  • how to change the impact plate
  • how to operate (pile drive)
  • how to install the extractor kit and remove a post
  • how not to operate (unsafe uses)
  • how to secure (for transport, moving to another site) 
  • main legislation, codes of practice, and standards, including safety.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision
  • management and leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, a basic knowledge of barrier post/pile driving terminology and techniques would be beneficial.

Instruction/Supervision

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 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV.

Delivery

The following method(s) may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom and workshop/site with a vehicle mounted post/pile driver

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.

Assessment

For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria

Quality assurance

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.

Renewal

Renewal is completed every 5 years by repeating the training course.

Approval date

November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date (of the standard).

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: Additional guidance to support learning outcome
Briefly describe the hazards, risks, controls, and safe work practices, including: PPE, blind spots, hazardous machine areas, safety features, and emergency stops  
  • Physically show the blind spots from point of view of operator and nearby workers. 
  • Explain when and why hazardous machine areas are dangerous.
  • Operator and other workers must be aware of the location of emergency stop buttons.
Describe the function and point to the main areas and parts of the machine
  • Manufacturer’s operating and maintenance manual.
  • Manufacturer’s sales brochure.
  • Demonstration and close-supervised coaching.
  • Photos/videos of machine in operation.
Describe the controls, instruments, alarms, and fault indications Demonstrate the audible and visual alarms
Use voice and hand signals These must be pre-agreed between persons who send and receive signals
Perform pre-start-up and pre-use safety checks
  • Manufacturer’s operating and maintenance manual.
  • Manufacturer’s sales brochure.
  • Demonstration and close-supervised coaching.
  • Photos/videos of machine in operation.
   
Describe the operating envelope, stabilisers, and vehicle positioning
Set up for pile driving
Change the impact plate
Operate (pile drive)
Install the extractor kit and remove a post
Describe how not to operate (unsafe uses)  
Secure the machine for transport, when moving to another site
Demonstration and close-supervised coaching

 

Additional information

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) 

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 – Legislation explained

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998

PUWER: Safe use of work equipment

PPE: Personal protective equipment at work (3rd edition)

Guide to PPE at Work Regulations 1992

Standards and markings for PPE


LOLER: Safe use of lifting equipment. Lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations 1998. Approved code of practice and guidance

The safe use of vehicles on construction sites

Traffic management 

Legislation

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998

Personal protective equipment at Work Regulations (PPE) 1992

Health & Safety (Signs & Signals) Regulations 1996

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998

British/ISO standards

EN 996 Piling equipment — Safety requirements

BS 5228-1:2009+A1:2014 Code of practice. Noise & vibration control, construction & open sites. Noise. 

BS 5228-2:2009+A1:2014 Code of practice. Noise & vibration control, construction & open sites. Vibration.

BS ISO 11886:2002 Building construction machinery and equipment. Pile driving and extracting equipment. Terminology and commercial specifications. 

BS EN 16228-2:2014 Drilling and foundation equipment — Safety. Part 2: Mobile drill rigs for civil and geo-technical engineering, quarrying, and mining.

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