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Workplace safety has had many different approaches over the years. In the beginning, it was virtually a system of look after yourself. Over time, governments, often at the behest of unions, brought in legislation requiring safety equipment such as hard hats, work boots and scaffolding requirements. The problem with most of these systems is that they were designed to protect people in the event of an accident. The easier route has to be to prevent accidents in the first place. With this in mind, safety training was introduced and it is now becoming mandatory across the country for workers to have this training. Heavy equipment safety training is no different.
Protective clothing can help to reduce injuries when it comes to minor incidents, however, major incidents still result in the loss of human life and expensive damage to property. Preventing these accidents is now the best approach and, believe it or not, it isn’t that difficult. Safety training has several core components, the main one being awareness. The more aware an operator is, the less risk there is to life and property.
Heavy equipment safety training also covers areas such as basic equipment maintenance, equipment stability, and securing equipment for transport. As an operator, the last thing you want is a hydraulic hose failing and causing your equipment to suddenly drop, or for your crane to topple over because it wasn’t set up properly on the ground. Perhaps the worst accident of all these days is heavy equipment coming into contact with high voltage over head power lines. I hear it’s a hair raising experience that’s well worth missing.
If you are looking to commence heavy equipment training, be sure to check on whether or not your training includes recognized safety training. If it doesn’t then look elsewhere for your training. Almost all workplaces now insist on only employing heavy equipment operators who have completed recognized heavy equipment safety training. It is therefore pointless undertaking training if you cannot use your new skills because you lack the safety training required.