What training should the operator of the attachment have?

The training required for an operator who is going to manage a demolition or recycling attachment will vary depending on various factors, such as the type of attachment, the carrier used, the conditions of the jobsite, etc.

However, generally, their training should include the following aspects:

  • Operation of the full range work equipment that they will use, including the following points:
    • Unloading
    • Assembly carrier-attachment
    • Testing functionality
    • Detachment
    •  Cleaning
    •  Storage
  • Management or supervision of the use of their work equipment
  • Health and safety considerations regarding the use of equipment
  • Identification of significant hazards and the control measures needed to negate or reduce them
  • Inspection and maintenance protocols
  • Storage and transport

It is very important that all the operators having completed their training, receive refresher training from time to time, to ensure that they keep in mind all the relevant information. Additionally, they will need to received training if there are any changes in the working methodology or the in equipment they use.

What maintenance is required for the attachments?

All demolition and recycling attachments should be used, inspected and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

However, planned maintenance and regular inspection is always necessary to ensure safety in operation as well as to prolong the life of the attachment.

Attachment operators must check the general condition of the attachment before every use, paying particular attention to pins, bushes, locking mechanisms, hydraulic pipes and couplings, wear plates, cutting edges, teeth, guards, rotating and moving parts, head brackets, etc.

After the inspection, if damaged components are found in the attachment they should be removed and replaced, such as if there are missing bolts, nuts, screws, pins and shims. Moreover, if oil leaks are found, they should be investigated, and the part tightened or replaced.

Keeping the equipment clean and tidy will allow the operator to do a better and easier check on the condition of the parts and equipment. Besides, it will help to maintain the attachment in better condition, preventing its deterioration.

For last, it must be pointed out that excessive deterioration will almost certainly make the attachment in use inefficient and probably ineffective as well as pose a danger to persons on site.


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