A78 VACUUM EXCAVATOR

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator

Preparing for Work

  • Name and explain the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conform with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks (including remote control units)

Travelling & Manouvering

  • Configure and ready for travel (site and highway – where applicable)
  • Travel over rough, undulating ground both loaded and unloaded (endorsements C – F only)
  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces

Setting up for work

  • Position the host vehicle/trailer to excavate given areas, and configure and set for excavating duties
  • Check and prepare hose components and fittings
  • Identify, from given information, the working area and safe working positions for the operator and supporting staff
  • Explain the principle requirements for a plan of works
  • Explain actions required for hazards including underground and overhead services, confined areas and when working at height/near to edges
  • Agree communication protocols with other team members
  • Ensure exclusion zones are sufficient for the intended work, and maintained accordingly
  • Explain procedures and precautions when excavating on the public highway and in pedestrian areas

Working Tasks

  • Remove various types of material to form excavations according to given specifications
  • Remove material around and expose buried services and objects
  • Using air and water systems to dislodge materials
  • Explain the functions, attributes, safety aspects and correct operating procedures of various types of ground agitating tools and hose attachments
  • Explain how the type of terrain can affect tool and attachment selection, and factors that can alter operating procedures
  • Discharge/remove excavated materials at designated points and into suitable receptacles
  • Provide instructions to supporting team members
  • Explain the procedures for and safety issues of dealing with blockages
  • Maintain stability during excavating and discharging operations

Completing Work

  • Carry out cleaning procedures following excavation work
  • Store remote units in appropriate locations (where applicable)
  • Carry out shut down, securing and isolation procedures
  • Explain maintenance procedures applicable for ensuring safe operations