What’s in the Dump Truck Training Certification Course?
Also called dumpers, tip trucks, tippers, tipper lorries, side dumpers, etc. Our Dump Truck Safety Training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on internal and external anatomy, principles to maintain stability, safe operation, hazards to avoid, and more. 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.
Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 90 – 120 min.
OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:
- 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment
- 29 CFR 1926.601 – Motor Vehicles
- 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling
- 29 CFR 1926.604 – Site Clearing
- 29 CFR 1926.28 – PPE
- 29 CFR 1926.55 – Gases, Fumes, Dusts
- 29 CFR 1926 Subpart G – Signs, Signals, Barricades
Why Take Our Online Dump Truck Training?
Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.
The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.
We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.
Why Buy Our Online Dump Truck Safety Training?
- Complete Training: First and foremost our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Don't risk getting expensive OSHA fines because you settled for a sub-par training program that didn't cover safety topics in depth. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
- Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on-site can be expensive. In contrast, our online curriculum lowers costs while still providing a professional training experience.
- Records Tracking System: We offer an easy-to-use management system so that if you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, all-terrain certificates, observation guides and more! (contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
- Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
- Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
- Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.
Dump Truck Training Near Me
What Is a Dump Truck?
Dump trucks are used to move large amounts of loose materials across mining, civil, and major construction sites. Some examples of the materials they move are:
- Demolition waste
If a building or mining job necessitates the transportation of loose material, a dump truck operator will be required. The two most commonly used dump trucks are rigid rear and articulated dump trucks.
What Is It Used For?
Dump trucks are often filled by another machine before being transported and dumped at a predetermined area. As a result, the dump box, which is driven by hydraulics and allows operators to lift and tip loads, is the most important part of a dump truck. Hydraulic hoist systems, in other terms, are used to elevate the dump box when it has to be emptied.
OSHA Requirements On Dump Truck Driving
Unloading a dump truck can be dangerous, especially if the ground is uneven or the load is being dumped into a pit. This is a regular occurrence on many job sites. Furthermore, dump trucks carrying certain materials may face additional dangers since the materials may become wet and freeze or stick to the bed. A frozen load could cause the truck to tip and possibly roll over when the bed is raised.
Employers in coal mines, construction sites, highway projects, and any other location where dumping happens should review their safety practices on a regular basis. Some dump truck safety procedures are as follows:
- Maintain correct tire inflation and check for wear.
- In cold weather, use antifreeze to keep material from freezing and sticking in the truck bed. Ascertain that the load is distributed evenly.
- Never overburden the truck bed’s upper section.
- When backing up, keep your truck and trailer in a straight line and never go faster than walking speed.
- Keep your seat belt fastened throughout the dumping operation.
- Never try to escape or jump from an overturned truck. The single best thing drivers can do to protect themselves at a mine is to stay in the truck.
- Dump only on level areas and never on uneven, loose, or improperly compacted surfaces.
Standards require training on hazards and associated subjects. Employers are the ones responsible for providing their employees with the necessary training. Employers can accomplish this by:
- Personally training their employees
- Instituting or implementing a training program
- Imposing a separate alignment duty on individual employees
Every employee that is at risk of harm or injury must be trained in accordance with the appropriate safety standards. Failure to train an employee may be regarded as a separate infraction.
Other Governing Bodies
If a dump truck operation requires the use of public highways, then the Department of Transportation has jurisdiction.
However, while loading and unloading trucks, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) employs standards that govern worker safety and health. Employers are also governed by OSHA Requirements when it comes to their responsibilities. This includes their responsibility to oversee the safety of any of their:
- Construction sites
- Airport terminals
- Other locations where truckers may deliver to and pick up loads from
When dump truck operations take place at an airport, and if an operational plan has been established, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has control.
Dump Truck Operator Course Outline
Here at Hard Hat Training, our Dump Truck Safety Training Course complies with all the associated and necessary safety standards. For the sake of this article, we will only briefly cover the three modules that make up our dump truck course. It is important to note that the course covers all of the following learning topics in greater detail.
Anatomy & Inspections
During the first section of the course, you as a student will learn all about the different components and their functions. You will also learn how to properly inspect each part of your truck.
If you notice any damage, wear, or inappropriate operation, lockout and tagout the machine. Before attempting to operate the machine again, wait for an authorized mechanic to inspect it and make any necessary repairs.
We can overcomplicate stability in relation to dump trucks if we are not attentive. When calculating and planning for machine stability, some important principles to consider are:
- Stability pyramid
- Slope travel
- Load weight and height
- Machine speed
- Turn angles
- Sudden control movements
When it comes down to it, dump truck stability begins with understanding and planning tasks around the dump truck’s capacity.
The conditions of the ground you are working on have a large impact on the stability of your truck. Before operating anywhere, inspect the ground for any obstructions that could cause the machine to tip over. This could include potholes or sections of soft soil.
First and foremost, you must receive training specific to your machine type and job type. Remember, the controls and handling can widely differ from brand to brand, so in some cases, you may need additional training specific to those changes.
It is important that you are as familiar with your truck as you are with your worksite. Be aware of the dynamic conditions of your worksite. Be sure to set up the necessary signs, barriers, and any other safety features prior to operation.
How To Become a Dump Truck Driver
Under the law, dump trucks are treated the same as any other heavyweight commercial vehicle. State motor vehicle authorities, public safety departments, and federal agencies are all involved when it comes to vehicles that transport huge loads on the nation’s roads and highways.
To become a dump truck operator, you must have a class-B CDL and any applicable endorsements depending on the dump truck you operate. You are well qualified to drive a dump truck if you are an experienced trucker with a class-A license and the necessary endorsements. We will go more into detail about the different classes of CDLs later. We will be discussing the different classes of CDLs in a later section.
How To Get a CDL if I Do Not Have One?
The most common and efficient way to earn your CDL is by signing up for classes that are located near you. Reach out to your DMV to find a class that will work best for you. After completing the classes, you must pass a medical exam, a drug test, and have a clean driving record.
Dump Truck Driving Salary
Dump truck drivers are typically paid by the hour (or, in certain cases, by the load) rather than by the mile as other truckers are. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay of dump truck drivers is $48,710 per year. Broken up hourly, it is around $23.23 per hour.
Different Dump Truck Operator CDLs
A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a driver’s license required to operate large, heavy, or placarded hazardous material vehicles in commerce in the United States. There are various types of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) that require a valid commercial driver’s license. Employers seek CDL drivers with one of these license classes. Therefore, we urge you to get the one you need before applying for your ideal job.
Class A CDL
A class-A CDL is necessary to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, providing the towed vehicle is heavier than 10,000 pounds.
Class B CDL
Any single vehicle that is not coupled to a trailer requires a class-B CDL. This includes commercial trucks with an attached cab and cargo area weighing more than 26,000 pounds combined, as well as trucks with a detachable, towed cargo vehicle weighing less than 10,000 pounds.
Class C CDL
A class-C CDL is required to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds. It is also required when a vehicle pulls another vehicle weighing less than 10,000 pounds, or to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
For more information check out our related articles The Ultimate Guide To Becoming a Dump Truck Driver and What Are the Different Classes of Dump Trucks?
Why Do I Need Dump Truck Safety Training?
In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training and other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific OSHA training requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.
When it comes to refresher health and safety training, the standards 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are dump trucks used for?
Dump trucks are versatile machines capable of handling, transporting, and delivering heavy loads, including demolition scrap, gravel, asphalt, rock, and more.
What is the typical capacity of a dump truck?
Capacity varies based on size and model of the truck. Smaller dump trucks can haul around 10 cubic yards, while larger trucks may have a capacity up to 40 tons.
How is a dump truck different from a haul truck?
While haul trucks and dump trucks share a similar design, haul trucks are significantly larger and can carry much more material. Haul trucks are often used in mining operations.