Backhoe Loader – Basic Operation and Safety
Backhoe Loader – Basic Operation and Safety

Backhoe Loader – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

You will learn basic operation and safety of this versatile and common piece of equipment, the backhoe loader (a.k.a. tractor loader backhoe). The course contains lessons including design features and components reviewed in relation to safety and productivity. Start out right with a solid understanding of the components, design and capabilities of the equipment. Edumine and VISTA Training are collaborating on the delivery of online courses for mobile and heavy equipment operation, and safety training in mining.

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This course includes online delivery for one person and a VISTA Training Certificate of Completion after requirements are met. It is viewable for up to 60 days.

  • Audience Level:
  • Technical | New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Not Applicable
  • Course Fee:
  • Not Available
  • Duration:
  • 2 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

In this course you will learn basic operation and safety of this versatile and common piece of equipment, the backhoe loader (a.k.a., tractor loader backhoe). The course contains lessons including design features and components reviewed in relation to safety and productivity.

Course Topics

  • Safety aspects of operation such as proper PPE, underground utility precautions and inspecting your worksite are shown.
  • The pre-use inspection lesson covers external checks, engine checks, fluid checks, moving part hazards, brake checks and more.
  • Machine controls, start-up procedures, monitoring systems and machine function are addressed and explored. Loader operation will concentrate on methods to effectively use the backhoe loader for different functions.
  • On the jobsite techniques are taught for initial set up, digging and backfilling, loading a truck, and working with stockpiles.
  • The final lesson focuses on the correct procedures of machine shutdown, parking the machine, and fueling the backhoe loader.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize backhoe loader features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key safety topics related to pre-use inspection and start up and shut down.
  • Identify the steps for safe, efficient and productive digging, loading and backfilling.

Recommended Background

  • Although we recommend that you take the following prerequisite courses, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equipment operation and safety.
  • Recommended prerequisite courses: Heavy Equipment – Introduction and Safety, and Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection.

VISTA Training

The Silver Series™ of web-based equipment operator training courses was created by VISTA Training of Wisconsin, USA. Each course in the Silver Series™ provides convenient on-demand online access to training on many types of heavy and light equipment. These courses are designed to help trainees become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for mines, contractors and fleet owners to schedule training when and where it's most convenient for them. They're also ideal for smaller entities that may only need to train a handful of new people per year (e.g. OSHA- or OHSA- or MSHA-related training). Many also use these courses as refresher training for their "experienced" operators. This helps create consistency among the entire team.

These self-study courses focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks in a mine or around a jobsite. At the end of each course, an integrated test provides an accurate measure of how much knowledge has been retained. Trainees are also able to print a certificate of completion, customized with their name and test score as well as a report showing any incorrectly answered test questions.