The need for sustainable construction sites has become increasingly apparent in today’s world due to the urgent environmental challenges we face. Traditional construction practices have often resulted in significant environmental damage, resource depletion, and increased greenhouse gas emissions. In this blog post we will explain how the construction industry is heading towards more sustainable construction sites and how you can get involved.
Diesel free diggers – the key to more sustainable sites?
Diesel-free diggers, also known as electric or zero-emission excavators, have gained traction during the recognition of more sustainable construction sites. These diggers are powered by electricity, either through battery storage or direct connection to the power grid, eliminating the need for diesel fuel and greatly reducing carbon emissions and air pollution associated with conventional diesel-powered machinery. Did you know the construction industry’s CO2 emissions reached ten gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent – five per cent over 2020 levels and two per cent over the pre-pandemic peak in 2019.
Alternative fuels for more sustainable construction sites:
Furthermore, alternative fuels and hybrid technologies are also playing a significant role in the sustainable construction site movement. Biofuels, such as biodiesel and renewable diesel, offer a greener alternative to traditional diesel fuel. These fuels are derived from sustainable sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and minimising environmental impact. Hybrid technologies, combining electric and fuel-powered systems, provide a transitional solution by reducing emissions while offering the flexibility of diesel generators for extended operation or remote areas.
Looking for an excavator course provider?
Diggerland Plant Training School offers a range of excavator courses designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to operate excavators safely and efficiently. These courses are tailored to various skill levels, from beginners who have little to no experience with excavators to experienced operators looking to enhance their proficiency. With a focus on hands-on practical training and theoretical knowledge, the excavator courses at Diggerland Plant Training School cover essential topics such as machine controls, safety procedures, excavation techniques, and maintenance.
360 and 180 excavator courses:
The 360 excavator course focuses on training participants to handle full rotation excavators, enabling them to manoeuvre and operate the machine with precision. Students learn skills such as excavating and backfilling, lifting and moving materials, and trenching. They also gain a solid understanding of safety protocols, including risk assessments, proper use of attachments, and safe working practices.
The 180 course focuses on teaching operators to efficiently manoeuvre machines with limited swing capabilities. Participants learn the nuances of operating a 180 excavator, which is highly valuable for projects requiring precision in confined spaces or near obstacles. The course covers tasks such as trenching, grading, and loading, along with safety considerations specific to 180 excavators.
Quick Hitch Awareness Courses:
The Quick Hitch Awareness course offered by Diggerland Plant Training School emphasises the importance of familiarising operators with the different types of quick hitches available and their specific features. Participants learn about the mechanisms and functionalities of quick hitches, including the various locking systems and attachment compatibility.
Did you know our sister company Masterhitch offers a Quick Hitch that is a revolutionary device designed to rapidly and securely connect and disconnect various attachments to construction equipment. This innovative system allows the machine to automatically detach, hook and securely lock buckets in place without the need for the operator to leave the safety and security of the cab. The quick hitch’s unique safety features make it impossible for the selected bucket or attachment to detach from the machine while in use. Masterhitch offers the quick hitch in sizes between 2.5 and 50 tonnes.
Contact the Team Today
Our main training site is based in Kent, local for anyone in the South East and surrounding areas. We can also operate in Devon, Durham and Yorkshire as well. If you’re not local to any of these areas we can also arrange for our instructors to teach on an external site, at a time and date to suit the company or operators.
If you’re looking to book onto any of our upcoming NPORS training course dates, we have instructors on hand to assist.
Get in touch with a member of the team today by emailing us if you have any questions, or want to reserve your space on a course. Alternatively, you can give us a call on: 01634 295355 to discuss our excavator courses in detail.