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Earth Mover Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and CSA.


We Offer Three Types of Earth Mover Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Earth Mover certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

This course includes an introduction, general, prevention, signs and warnings, treatment, recourse and conclusion sections of using drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Earth Mover Training Course?

Our Earth Mover safety training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Course Outline: Each class contains the following information

  • Pre-Shift Inspections
    • Interior Checks
    • Exterior Checks
  • Stability
  • Knowing Your Machine
    • Mounting and Dismounting
    • PPE
    • Steering and Controls
    • Attachments
  • Knowing Your Worksite
    • Assessing the Site
    • Ground Conditions
    • Pedestrians
    • Traveling
  • Earth-Moving Operations
    • Bucket Operations
    • Dumping
    • Trenching
    • Ripping
    • Compacting

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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Earth Mover Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P – Excavations
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart W – Rollover Protective structures and Overhead Protection
  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.603 – Motor Vehicles
  • 29 CFR 1926.604 – Site Clearing
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09: ROPS, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment)
  • CAN/CSA-M12117-05: Earth-Moving Machinery
  • SOR/86-304 Part III – Temporary Structures and Excavations
  • SOR/86-304 Part XIV – Materials Handling

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Earth Mover Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. OSHA requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standard in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Earth Mover

    Did You Know?

    Around 20% of all occupational accidents occur in the construction industry.

    Heavy Machinery accidents account for 1 in 10 construction-related fatalities.

    Around 25 employees are killed per year in trenching accidents alone.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    When is it okay to use earth-moving machinery on a work site?

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    Before using earth movers like excavators or bulldozers on a work site, you need to assess the site to make sure it is safe to do so. This includes testing the soil conditions and making note of any steep slopes or other uneven terrain. You will also need to coordinate with inspectors and utility companies to mark off and guard any power or gas lines in the area.

    Do employees need to wear special equipment in order to operate earth moving machines?

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    All employees must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) according to the hazards present at the work site, and this includes operators of earth-moving machines. Even inside the cab of an earth mover, an operator can still be exposed to many of the same hazards as an employee on the ground, and it is often necessary for them to wear hard hats, reflective vests, safety-toed boots, and other heavy-duty clothing to protect themselves in case of an accident.

    Can you drive an earth-moving machine on a public road?

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    Certain types of earth-moving machines have tires that allow them to be driven on public roadways, as long as the operator keeps within the speed limit and follows all federal and local traffic laws. Generally, these machines need to be transported using a trailer or similar equipment to avoid any accidents. Only a trained and qualified operator should be allowed to drive a machine on or off a trailer.

    Do different types of earth-moving machines require different types of training?

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    Yes. Each type of earth mover operates in a unique way, so it’s not possible to learn the ins and outs of every machine all at once. In addition to basic classroom instruction—which this training covers—employees may need additional written or verbal instruction specific to the type, make, and model of the machine they will be operating on the work site. They will also need to undergo hands-on training with the machine, as well as a practical evaluation to make sure they can operate both safely and competently.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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