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NCC launches course to improve safety of trailer and mobile towable units

2 Sep 11 The National Construction College (NCC) has launched a new course to help improve the safety of construction workers who are responsible for towing trailers and mobile towable units.

The Loading and Movement of Trailers and Mobile Towable Units course will provide workers with an understanding and the necessary knowledge of trailer and mobile towable unit towing legislation, safe practices and their workers’ responsibilities, ensuring legal compliance and ultimately safety within the sector.

Having a workforce that is operating as safely as possible can deliver significant benefits for businesses and ultimately save them thousands of pounds in costs each year. Andy Walder, Director of the National Construction College (NCC), explains: “It’s not just about compliance with legislation; incorporating health and safety into a business could save employers unnecessary costs, and increase their productivity – helping them to get ready for forecasted economic growth.”

The specialist course, which was launched after research found there was a lack of awareness of how trailers and towable units should be matched, inspected, hitched and loaded in a safe manner, will provide businesses with a competitive edge, helping them to succeed and grow.

The one-day programme is aimed at those who have responsibility for the towing, use and loading of trailers, including plant managers, business owners, product support, delivery drivers and plant and workshop engineers. Delegates can expect to learn about topics such as legal requirements, pre-use checks, correct loading and unloading, safe methods of towing in addition to relevant legislation.

Andy Walder, continued: “As the training arm of CITB-ConstructionSkills, we are in a unique position to be able to provide first-class training that meets the ever changing needs of the workforce, helping to strengthen the skills of workers.

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“We do this by working closely with employers, listening and responding to them by developing bespoke and specialist training to meet their needs. This course is a step further in the National Construction College’s aim to provide training where there are gaps in the market, and there is a need for improved skills for those working within specific sectors of Construction.”

With a long-standing reputation and experienced staff, the National Construction College is well placed to deliver the skills training needs of the Construction and Built Environment sector. The Colleges’ quality and affordable courses can be accessed at eight campuses and additional training venues across the country.

In addition to offering this new specialist plant training course the NCC also offers a wide range of other plant training and is the only training provider to deliver Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Tester and Trainer qualifications in conjunction with the Construction Plant-Hire Association (CPA) for both experienced and new entrants to the industry.

CPCS approved training is delivered on a range of categories of plant, ensuring that workers are trained to the industry recognised standard. Courses include ‘Excavator 360’, ‘Appointed Persons (Lifting Operations)’, ‘Crawler Crane’, ‘Crane Supervisor’, ‘Slinger/Signaller’, ‘Mobile Crane’ and ‘Telescopic Handler’.

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