The term lorry loader covers an extraordinary range of equipment. The smallest compact lorry loaders are fitted to builders’ pick-up trucks and vans often with a lifting capacity of less than 500 kilograms and are manually operated. This contrasts with a top-of-the-range lorry loader fitted to a purpose-built tractor or four axle truck. These could be fitted with a knuckle boom and up to 8 hydraulic extensions lifting in excess of 150 tones, and with a reach over 30 meters.
The complexity of operating the various machines that fall into this category highlight the wide variety of skills required.
Duties of operator
Responsibilities of operator
Maintenance of machines
Hazards associated when operating the machine
Inspections of machine before use
Risk assessment in working environment
Wearing of correct PPE
Loading / Unloading of different types of loads when using chains or slings
Recognition and use of approved hand signals