Safe operation is about more than just knowing the controls
Skid Steer Loader Operation and Safety
SKID STEER LOADER OPERATION AND SAFETY ONLINE COURSE OVERVIEW
The skid steer (track loader, multi-terrain loader) is one of the most common, versatile, and maneuverable pieces of heavy equipment available. Many work sites use it for a multitude of tasks, from excavation to basic sweeping and maintenance. Skid steers have a simple control layout that makes it easy to drive, but few know how to properly operate it. Because of the machine’s small size and balance, even a brief lapse in attention can result in a potential tip-over. Proper training and job planning are critical to its safe operation and are covered in this online course.
Hard Hat Training’s OH&S-compliant course on skid steer loaders teaches operators the basics of machine operation and safety concepts, giving them the knowledge necessary to master its operation and reduce, if not eliminate, job site incidents and injuries. In this hour-long course, drivers get the chance to learn equipment maintenance, perform pre-shift inspections, calculate load and equipment capacity, identify parts of the loader, and properly locate safety labels. The course is useful for new operators and also serves as a refresher for experienced operators who require training renewal.
SKID STEER LOADER OPERATION AND SAFETY ONLINE COURSE TOPICS
Despite manufacturer variations, all skid steers have standard interior and exterior components. By the end of the course, operators should be able to identify components and controls including:
- Lift arms
- Tire or track systems
- Dual-lever foot controls
- H-pattern controls
- ISO joystick controls
Inspections are critical to the safe operation of any skid steer or multi-terrain loader. Upon completion, operators should know the basics of:
- Safely inspecting the loader’s hoses and hydraulics to reduce the chance of deadly pressure leaks
- Safety restraint and protective structure inspections
- Engine, filters, and fluid level inspections
- Chassis inspections (loose parts, rust, bolts, cracks, and welds)
Many factors affect a skid steer’s stability and tipping points. After completing this course, operators should have an understanding of:
- Maximum machine lifting capacity
- Ground slope
- Travel speed
- Load weight
- Centre of gravity
After finishing the course, operators should be familiar with common skid steer hazards like:
- Ground obstructions (potholes, soft soil, and hills)
- Interlock controls, lift arm locks, and boom lock levers
- Pedestrian traffic
Average Completion Time
Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 60 minutes.
Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.