The Digger Derrick is a multipurpose unit that accommodates components that dig holes, set poles, and position material at the worksite. The Digger Derrick is typically used for such tasks associated with digging a hole and/or installing a pole or device into that hole such as for utility lines or signs. It can also be used to position materials and apparatus. The Digger Derrick is mainly used for such industries as electrical, telecommunications, or cable. The Digger Derrick Truck must contain an auger (to drill the hole), and pole clamps (to grasp the pole as it is being inserted).

A Digger Derrick may be specified for use in one of two ways:

  1. For Derrick Use Only: lifting the winch line, digging with the auger, and setting screw anchors. No personnel platform use.
  2. For Platform/Combined Digger Derrick & Platform Use: for use as a personnel platform or combined personnel platform and material handling device.

The Digger Derrick may be mounted in any one of three locations:

  1. Behind cab mount
  2. Rear mount (over the rear axle)
  3. Corner mount.

Understanding and operating a Digger Derrick correctly is a critical component of job site safety. No matter the industries under which your operators fall, Total Equipment Training’s Digger Derrick training program is designed to exceed the needs of both the employers and the operators in compliance with OSHA’s regulations.


Total Equipment Training provides your employees with the training and documentation to comply with OSHA’s General Industry regulations for Digger Derricks. Regulations require that only qualified and authorized operators or operator trainees under the direct supervision of a qualified operator shall be permitted to operate Digger Derricks. To ensure that only qualified personnel operate Digger Derricks, regulations require that operators successfully complete a qualification process.

Our customized Digger Derrick operator training is designed to provide the information and testing to help ensure that your Digger Derrick operators are able to operate your machines safely and effectively. The tailored training consists of classroom training with written testing, and hands-on training with practical testing. Training is divided based on the current skill level of the participants. Changes can be made to accommodate your company’s or employee’s needs. Below is a basic, starting point outline that will be adapted for your people and equipment. Topics covered will include, but not be limited to:

Section 1 – Unit Specifications

Section 2 – Safety

Section 3 – Controls

  • Outriggers
  • Two Speed Throttle Switch
  • Foot Throttle
  • Tools
  • Hand Controllers
  • Joystick Controller
  • Gauges

Section 4 – Preoperational

  • Daily Preoperational Checks
  • Daily Preoperational Component Inspection and Diagram
  • Preparing for Operation

Section 5 – Operation

  • Outriggers
  • Interlock System
  • Booms
  • Winch
  • Digger
  • Pole Guide
  • Tools
  • Personnel Platform
  • Jibs

Section 6 – Protection Systems

Section 7 – Emergency Operation

  • Operating Safely
  • Operation From Other Controls
  • Manual Operation of Boom Functions and Digger/Winch Valves

Section 8 – Troubleshooting

Section 9 – Care of the Unit

  • Hydraulic System
  • Fiberglass
  • Structures and Mechanical Systems


At Total Equipment Training, our Digger Derrick operator trainers are experienced, thorough and the best in the industry. Our effective and efficient approach to Digger Derrick operator training sets us apart from other training programs. We bring our training program to your site, saving you time and money. In addition, our on-site Digger Derrick training can be customized to meet your organization’s specific needs and OSHA requirements. If you’re interested in one of our training programs, contact us today or give our office a call at (610) 321-2679!

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