Four Major Benefits of an Ongoing, Robust Training Program for Your Equipment Operators
There is a distinct difference between teaching someone something, like safe excavator operation, and truly training them how to perform the function safely and efficiently. A robust, comprehensive and ongoing safety training program for your heavy-equipment operators provides you with not only protection from potential liabilities, but also enhances you operation. In this article we will address four of the major benefits of formalizing your operator training program.
Compliance with regulatory requirements – There are many regulations covering safe mining, constructions, excavating and material handling, and ultimately it is up to you, the employer to see that your equipment operators, on-the-ground employees and managers are aware of the regulations and that your company is in compliance. Failure to comply not only opens your company up for potential fines, but also for fiscal damages should an injury occur with your fleet and operator out of compliance with government standards and regulations. But the benefits go far beyond compliance.
Increased useful life and lower operating costs - Training not only in safe, proper equipment operation, but also in proper pre-shift inspections will result in catching small maintenance issues and fixing them before they blossom into giant repair headaches. Knowing proper methods of operating each particular piece of equipment also results in less wear and tear on your equipment. All of this leads to equipment that stays in better condition for a longer period of time, which leads to an increased useful life of your heavy-equipment and lower operating costs.
Better morale and improved “spirit” of safety – Employees that are professionally trained truly feel cared for, and they should be! Each of your operators is in control of a very dangerous piece of equipment. One wrong move could permanently change their lives, or the lives of people working around the equipment. When they know you as an employer “have their back” and are not simply going through the motions to appease government, they respond positively by projecting that spirit of safety into other facets of your operation and will “have your back” by letting you know of other areas the company could improve.
Improved productivity – Operators that receive ongoing training are more efficient at operating your equipment. This efficiency translates into more productive employees. Improved morale and efficiency gained from training will improve how much each of your operators can get done in a day and that improves your bottom line.
We believe ongoing, robust training for all your employees is an investment in your operation and the families that make up your organization. Keep them safe and productive and you'll reap the rewards of a safer, more efficient, productive and profitable operation.