- Competency checks are carried out to ensure that the operator is capable of operating the vehicle without direct supervision.
- Competency checks can only be carried out by Farm Managers who have been trained and assessed as competent by a recognised training provider.
- This assessment cannot cover every scenario but is indicative of the current skills and abilities of the operator.
Is the operator wearing suitable clothing and footwear?
Can they describe the purpose and correct use of controls?
Can they state why passengers are NOT to be carried? (quad bike only)
Do they know how to do a pre-operational check?
Did the operator check the operation and adjustment of brakes?
Wears an approved helmet
Knows what to check for to ensure a helmet is undamaged?
Knows how to wear a helmet correctly?
Follows the manufacturers starting procedure
Knows where the kill switch is and how to operate it
Rides in a forward direction around a defined course (e.g. figure of 8 around soft obstacles, actively shifting weight to suit course)
Brakes at corner of defined course
Demonstrates how to reverse (Quad and side by side).
Rides the vehicle demonstrating control over more difficult terrain such as slope, gully and bank
Knows about safe loads and attachments and where to get this information (e.g. Risk Manager SOP's)
Knows about the Safe Operating Procedure, speed limits and farm no-go zones.
Knows what jobs the vehicle is to be used for (and what it is not to be used for)
Knows how to safely load, transport, unload and store the vehicle
Operators must be able to demonstrate operational competency:
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