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The only dedicated Machinery Movement Training School in the UK

Moving Heavy Machinery Safely

Course duration: 3 Days (Tuesday to Thursday) with Lunch included.

Who should attend? This course would benefit:

  • Anybody who plans to move heavy machinery occasionally or as an occupation
  • Anybody responsible for staff who move heavy machinery

What you will learn: You will get your hands dirty!

  • This course is 25% theory, 75% hands on and practical
  • The theory includes the underpinning health and safety knowledge as well as how to plan a machine move, how to assess and control risks, choosing and using the right equipment
  • During the practical course you will work as a team and receive instruction in moving a variety of machines under supervision. To conclude the practical workshop you will plan and move a machine under your own volition and be assessed upon your individual performance.

The benefits of this course: The course and learnings offer moral, legal and financial benefits.

Course Benefits

Moving heavy machinery is a dangerous task and should only be completed by competent people. If things go wrong, people can be killed, disabled or injured. If anybody were to get hurt or worse and if you could have avoided it, you will have created a monster that will keep you awake at night. None of us want anybody to be harmed if we can avoid it. Training, competence and proper planning reduces the risk of harm to people.

The purely financial cost of accidents includes:

  • Sick pay
  • Overtime to cover time off
  • Repair or replacement of damaged machines
  • Lost production time
  • Wages for operators unable to work because of machine damage
  • Managers time for accident investigation and court proceedings
  • Legal representation
  • Fines and compensation
  • Loss of business and reputation

Practical and certified training reduces the risk of injury, is good evidence that legal duties have been fulfilled and could therefore save millions of pounds.

Course Overview

Introduction to and familiarisation with the safe use of the latest moving equipment to include:

  • Mechanical and Hydraulic Jacks.
  • Machinery moving skates and steering systems.
  • Machine Skoots.
  • Manual counterbalance lifting crane.
  • Low lift wedge and cylinder jacks.
  • Tiirfor winches.
  • Pallet trucks, Genie lift.

We will supply sample templates and advise on preparation of RAMS.

Course Facilities

Training will take part in our Bedfordshire or Hertfordshire premises.

All training will be carried out in a practical workshop environment.

Attendees will work as a team moving lathes, mills. CNCs and production line machinery.

Our skilled staff will be part of the team offering advice and safe working practices at all times.

Course Beneficiaries

Maintenance teams wishing to save money by carrying out works in-house

Office removal or Transport companies looking to expand the scope of their works.

Individuals looking to start their own company.

Machinery Installation engineers and apprentices.

The course material has been written by employees with demonstratable practical experience

Dave Nelson, Director & Founder

Dave has worked, moving heavy machinery for over thirty years. In this time, he has experienced situations where colleagues have been injured, sometimes seriously. He has witnessed the introduction of new methods and equipment that can make moving heavy machinery easier and safer if carried out by competent people but, he also recognised that the training to reach this competence was not available.

Dave started Machinery Movement Training to provide machinery movers with a place to practice their skills in a safe, supervised environment. His sole aim it to give machinery movers a foundation knowledge and experience level that will prevent injury and damage and allow them too to become experts over time with further practice.


Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner

Gary was an engineer by trade working in BBC TV and as a service engineer for Tetra Pak. Later, he had health and safety responsibility as the senior manager and Director of several companies of all sizes.

Gary started GM Safety in 2012 and now gives advice and practical assistance, working to improve the safety management standards in over fifty companies. He achieved Chartered status with IOSH in 2016 and is highly qualified and experienced in his industry.

Gary is employed by Dave Nelson to provide the underpinning health and safety materials required for the training. He also overseas all risk assessments and method statements to ensure that the company has suitable controls in place to prevent harm.