The Safe-Tech Loader/Skid Steer/Backhoe course provides employers and operators an introduction to the equipment, machine anatomy, maintenance and inspections, hazards, safe operation and basic trenching techniques. Upon successful completion of this Loaders Backhoes online course, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Safe-Tech Loader/Skid Steer/Backhoe Operator Training Program for industrial applications consists of a 6-hour classroom training session presented in an interactive format which covers all aspects of loader/skid steer safety and operation. An on-site individual practical operating test will follow where unsafe or incorrect operating techniques are identified and corrected, and pre-shift inspection procedures are reviewed. This program will provide the participant with the necessary knowledge to safely and correctly operate your specific equipment.   LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS Clause 25(2) (a) of the OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Act) places an obligation on an employer to “provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker”. Regulation 851 (industrial), Regulation 213 (construction), Regulation 854 (mining) is more specific and states that a lifting device is only to be operated by a competent person. “Competent person” is defined by the OHSA as someone who: a) is qualified because of his knowledge, training, and experience to organize the work and its performance, b) is familiar with the provisions of this Act and the regulations that apply to the work, and c) has knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace.   CLASSROOM TRAINING CONTENT
  • Current applicable legislation and guidelines
  • Hazard awareness
  • Equipment/attachment designs
  • Pedestrian awareness
  • Start-up/shut-down procedures
  • Stock piling
  • Transporting equipment
  • Parking
  • Occurrence/damage causes
  • Internal responsibility
  • Stability principles
  • Pre-shift inspection details
  • Standard operating guidelines
  • Snow clearing
  • Re-fuelling
  • Testing
PRACTICAL TESTING (FOR EXISTING OPERATORS) Practical operator testing is held on-site at your location and is scheduled following the classroom training. The operator is tested individually and put through a series of operating tasks and manoeuvres to assess competency and safety awareness on the equipment. Pre-shift inspection and reporting procedures are also covered. Average testing time is approximately 30 minutes per operator. Additional time will be required for testing on more than 2 pieces of equipment or attachments.   PRACTICAL TRAINING (FOR NEW OPERATORS) Participants with little or no practical operating experience will require practical operator training prior to practical testing. The duration of practical training varies based on equipment type and aptitude of the operator. Practical training is an additional charge to this program and must be pre-scheduled.   DURATION & LOCATION
  • 6 hour in-class theory held on-site at your location and.
  • 30 minute practical operating test on-site at your location on the operator’s regularly scheduled shift (additional time will be required for testing on more than 2 pieces of equipment or attachments).
  • In-class training
  • Practical operator testing on up to 2 equipment types (providing 2nd test takes place at the same time & location)
  • Record of training report
  • Written examinations
  • Signed safety rules from each participant
  • Individual wallet certificates (for participants with 80% passing score on both written and practical tests)
  • Framed wall certificate for company
Loader/Skid Steer/Backhoe Training Safety Tips:
  • Perform and record a visual and operational inspection of your equipment at the start of your shift.
  • Report mechanical problems to your supervisor immediately. Unsafe equipment should be parked, locked out, tagged and reported.
  • Do not attempt to repair or adjust equipment unless you are trained and authorized by your employer to do so.
  • Report injury, damage, near miss accidents and unsafe situations promptly to your supervisor.
  • Never operate any equipment while impaired. Anything that adversely affects your concentration, balance, mobility, vision or depth perception, etc. can be considered impairment.
  • Report to your supervisor any medical conditions or use of medications which may affect your ability to operate safely.
  • Be aware that before operating in a new environment or handling unfamiliar material, your supervisor must make you aware of any potential hazards and the correct use of relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Never operate unfamiliar equipment until you have been trained, authorized and have reviewed the operator’s manual.
  • Never modify equipment without written consent from the manufacturer. Never remove or render ineffective any provided safety equipment.
  • Observe/maintain correct tire pressure to ensure vehicle stability.
  • Follow the rules of the road and keep to the right unless conditions or layout dictate otherwise.
  • Do not make quick starts, sudden stops or quick turns, particularly when load is raised.
  • Do not handle the steering wheel if your hands or gloves are greasy or slippery and never wear gloves that do not provide adequate grip on the steering wheel.
  • Never travel on ramps or inclines that exceed the maximum grade recommended for your equipment (see operator’s manual). Use extra caution when travelling on a ramp or incline that is covered in ice and snow. Be aware that grades can adversely affect traction, braking and stability.
  • Loads/attachments should face uphill when operating on incline (depending on weight of attachment).
  • Carry loads low and allow for adequate ground clearance. Never operate with load in a raised position and never leave the operators compartment or controls while the bucket or load is in a raised position.  If you must manoeuvre with a raised load, ensure that workers stay well back.
  • When operating in an area shared with workers ensure they face the machine.
  • Understand that horseplay or racing can be grounds for immediate dismissal and failure to comply with the Occupational Health & Safety Act or the Canada Labour Code can result in serious penalties
  • Always wear approved safety shoes, and any other PPE specified by your employer
  • Observe and obey the load capacity. Report missing or illegible capacity rating plates/owner’s manuals to your supervisor. Understand that installing attachments will reduce overall capacity.
  • Match speed to driving surfaces, load and workplace conditions. Reduce speed in congested areas.
  • Use proper flashing lights/beacon and slow-moving vehicle signs when operating in parking lots or roadways.
  • Observe M.S.A.D. (Minimum Safe Approach Distance) of 6 metres for all personnel/vehicles.
  • Watch for ground and overhead obstructions at all times. Observe minimum power line clearances.
  • Park with controls in neutral, parking brake applied, and bucket in a down position and with the key switched off (removed). If you must park on an incline, set and test the parking brake, then chock the wheels.
  • Always maintain 3-point contact. Face equipment when mounting/dismounting equipment.
  • Understand that overloading the equipment can cause instability and tip overs.
  • Stay in the vehicle in the event of an overturn and always wear seatbelt when provided.
  • If a load is falling back toward your equipment, stay in the operator’s compartment, look down & close your eyes.
  • Travel in reverse when your vision is blocked by a load and always look in the direction of travel. Use a trained spotter if you must move forward with a load that blocks your view.
  • Never climb on the lift arms, and never lift or transport anyone in a bucket or attachments.
  • Ensure that driving surfaces can support the weight of your equipment.
  • Do not move equipment that has been involved in a critical injury until M.O.L. inspector has arrived. Vehicle may be moved if necessary to access injured party.
  • Always stop and allow your eyes or lenses to adjust when travelling between changing light conditions.
  • Ensure stabilizers are fully deployed before operating the backhoe.
  • Ensure correct procedures are followed when removing/installing attachments and that they are secure.
  • Select the correct and certified rigging for the task.
  • Always follow manufacturer recommendations for the safe operation of the machine.
  • Use your common sense. Think safety!


Up to 4 hours, depending on participants’ experience levels.


A passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive a certificate.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a PDF wall certificate and PDF wallet card for their records.

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