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Ride on Mowers

Course Information > Machinery

To enable candidates to:-

  • identify the risks associated with the use of ride-on mowers
  • select appropriate PPE
  • identify and understand the function of all instruments and controls
  • carry out daily checks as indicated in the operators manual
  • carry out pre-start checks
  • identify and report any faults
  • adjust the cutting mechanism to acheive the required standard
  • operate the machine in a safe and competent manner
  • perform after-use maintenance
  • understand requirements for travelling on the public road
  • be able to load and transport the machine (if appropriate)

Who is the course for?
Anyone required to use a ride-on mower as part of their work. This would include novices and experienced operators who require certification or their skills updating.
The course is usually run as a Lantra ITA, and those reaching the required standar will receive a Lantra Certificate of Competence. Alternatively the course can be follwed by the NPTC assessment.

One or possibly two days, depending on the experience of the candidates and equipment used - extra time will be needed where cylinder or mixed machines are to be covered.

Instructor/candidate ratio
Max 1:4 with at least two machines (one of each type of cutting mechanism)

Course Content
General Safety Code
Risk Assessment
Types of cutting mechanisms
Controls and instruments
Daily and pre-start checks
Starting and stopping
Safe methods of operation
Working on slopes
Operating on the highway

Facilities/Equipment required
Trainees will be asked to bring:-
PPE including safety boots and ear defenders
Passport photos for certificates

Workshop facilities
Suitable ground nearby for operating.
If possible, a suitable wash-off area.

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