Machine Controller – Material Handler
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Machine Controller - Material Handler

At the end of the training the delegate will be able to:

  • Describe how the Material Handler is designed to function under normal operating conditions
  • What equipment calibration certificates and checks are required to comply with the relevant rules and regulations
  • How each of the items listed below will affect the protection arrangements, the way work is completed and how to confirm that the machine is suitable;
    • Lines that remain open to traffic
    • Signal structures and equipment
    • Gradient
    • Cant
    • Bridges
    • Platforms
    • Overhead Line & Power lines
    • Third and fourth rail electrified lines
    • Tunnels
    • Level crossings
  • What preparatory checks need to be completed on the machine including:
    • Pre-start checks/maintenance are complete/documented
    • Machine Controllers checklist is completed
    • Brakes are operational and fit for purpose
    • Emergency protection equipment is available
  • Briefly describe the main functions of all relevant controls available to the Material Handler Driver/Operator, especially those which may also be used by the Machine Controller in an emergency
  • Avoid the Material Handler being placed in an unbraked condition
  • Demonstrate their ability to read a work plan and communicate its content effectively
  • Control the movement of the Material Handler taking into account:
    • Status of the infrastructure - Condition of the track; Position and type of points; Obstructions caused by infrastructure equipment/structures and/or other work; How to establish the extent of the movement
    • Where the movements are - Towing; Propelling; What information needs to be given to the Driver/Operator and how to confirm the Driver/Operator understands the extent of the movement
    • Whilst authorising a movement of the Material Handler the delegate should be able to explain how they would take account of - Worksites and people working in the immediate area; Other machines working adjacent to the machine being operated; Obstructions caused by infrastructure equipment/structures and/or other work; Level crossings; Other lines open to traffic; Passengers on platforms
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Initial Training
Midlands Heritage Railway, Swanwick Junction, Butterley

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