The construction industry holds one of the highest risk quotient in the business world. So, it is needless to say that they follow regulations and equipment training thoroughly. However, companies can reduce risk exposure even more if they train their employees on different equipment and find solutions that contribute to having an even lower risk exposure on the job site. Read on to see how companies can achieve this.
Reducing risk exposure on the job site goes beyond knowing regulations. Employers need to consider that training must include hands on practice too. So, providing quality training that covers different types of equipment and different brands for such equipment is crucial.
“The implication is that if [construction companies] rent two comparable pieces of equipment manufactured by two different companies, [they will] need proof of training for both brands even though they operate in similar fashion.”Garry Bartecki
So, equipment training only will not suffice, as the brand of the equipment will have an effect on its operation. And training must be offered by qualified professionals, who receive regular training as well.
Why is it important to show proof of training? Because companies cannot afford to have employees who merely obtained a “passing grade” and yet are still a risk to the company and others. In other words, having a card or certificate that shows that an employee has been trained should mean something. It should prove that the employee is capable of operating different equipment (e.g. rental), thus reducing risk exposure.
Solutions to Reduce Risk Exposure
There are two main solutions that contribute to reducing risk exposure.
- Having a master rental agreement
- Using a single vendor consistently
Having a master rental agreement makes the rental process more efficient for companies. In addition, it helps construction companies save time in terms of chasing paperwork around. Master rental agreements allow customization of the agreement so companies can meet their control and insurance requirements.
The second solution is to contract with one vendor for a certain type of equipment. This way, companies can have their partner vendor’s equipment on their job site and avoid the risks associated with operating a unit where specific training was not provided.
At Sigalarm we want to make sure all operators know how to properly use our proximity alarms. To that end, we have established a training course that covers all aspects of our warning systems. We believe that by educating operators on how to use the proximity alarms, the level of safety increases. Construction companies should not be the only ones to provide equipment training to their employees. Operators should be familiar with not only construction equipment, but also the accessory technology that contributes to their safety and that of others. Contact us today to learn more about how to make your job site safer with our high voltage proximity alarms.