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Scrap & Material Handler


We Offer Three Different Types of Safety Trainings

Whether you want Scrap & Material Handler in as little as two/three hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the Scrap & Material Handler you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford. There is no need to find Scrap & Material Handler near you. With our courses, you can train and get certified from anywhere.

Online Training

Scrap & Material Handler Training Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign courses to their employees. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It’s an Canada compliant Scrap & Material Handler Training PowerPoint (ppt) presentation to train groups of people all at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer we offer a train the trainer course.

Train the Trainer

The Scrap & Material Handler Train the Trainer course is meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost. Results in a lifetime Train the Trainer certification.

What’s in the Scrap & Material Handler Course?

Our Scrap & Material Handler training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomy and inspection, stability, safe operations, and common hazards.

During this training, we will be taking a look at the anatomy of the scrap and material handler. We will discuss general components you should check during a pre-shift inspection. Then, we will cover some stability principles for you to keep in mind as you operate the machine. Next, we will talk about safe operating principles as they relate to your machine and your worksite. Finally, we will go over the common hazards that come with working in or around scrap handlers. We will read some investigated accident profiles to see real-life examples of when operators ignored safe operating principles.

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.

Canada Standards

  • ASME B30.25-2018 – Scrap and Material Handlers
  • CAN/Canada-B352.0-09: ROPS, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment
  • Canada Z1001 – Occupational Health & Safety Training
  • Canada Z96 – High Visibility Apparel
  • Canada Z617-06 – PPE
  • Canada Labour Code Part II – Employer and Employee Duties

Why do I need a Scrap & Material Handler

In line with regulations, anyone who operates scrap and material handlers must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. 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 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.

Competent Person in Scrap & Material Handler

OSHA defines a “competent person” as someone who “is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in [their] surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees.” 

A competent person has the authorization to take “prompt corrective measures” to minimize or eliminate hazards. They have enough training and/or experience to be “capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation and has the authority to correct them.”

Some standards do have additional, specific requirements that must be met in order for an employee to be considered a competent person. Our Competent Person option fulfills these specific requirements.

Stay Informed On All Things

Did You Know?

  • The nonferrous recycling industry reports around 3,000 injuries and illnesses per year. (OSHA)

  • The world’s largest material handler weighs 460 tons. (Recycling Product News)

  • Each year, there are more than 700 employee deaths involving machinery. (NCBI)

Scrap & Material Handler FAQs

What is the difference between a scrap material handler and an excavator?

Excavators are designed to be used as earthmovers. Most commonly, they are employed on construction projects and excavation operations. While scrap material handlers look similar to an excavator, they are designed specifically to handle bulk materials. They are most often used in scrap yards and recycling facilities for loading, unloading, sorting, cutting, stockpiling, and moving materials. 

Why should I purchase a scrap material handler that is for sale?

A scrap material handler can expedite your material handling operations on site. They are built to be highly efficient and mobile. With a longer reach, better visibility from the cab, and less emissions, these machines are ideal for any of your material handling needs. They come with various attachments to perform different tasks, such as grapples, shears, suspended magnets, and crushers.

What industries use scrap material handlers?

Most often, scrap material handlers are used in the recycling industry. However, you may also come across these machines in logging operations, demolition jobs, and scrap yards, and ports.

Which scrap material handler is right for me?

Scrap material handlers come in four configurations: crawler, rail-mounted, pedestal-mounted, and wheel-mounted. The crawler handler comes with tracks to allow for rough terrain travel. The rail-mounted handler travels on railroad tracks, so it is only used in the railway industry. The pedestal-mounted model is stationary, meaning that the machine can’t move from where it’s installed. It is often used in yards to sort, pile, and load materials. Finally, the wheel-mounted handler is extremely mobile. It is great for jobs where the handler needs to travel across expanses of stable, flat ground.

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