Companies such as John Deere, Caterpillar, New Holland, Komatsu, JCB and AGCO manufacture a wide range of heavy machinery. These machines or equipment are used by people who cultivate and harvest land and those involved in mining, road building, etc. Companies invest millions of dollars on these machines, since they are efficient in cutting down operational costs. But, here comes the challenge, people are not aware of how to operate these heavy machines and the impending dangers or hazards associated. Also, they are not aware of the proper functioning which can damage these costly machines. So, what are these manufacturing organizations doing to address these issues? Let’s see.
According to the “HEAVY EQUIPMENT SAFETY TRAINING HANDBOOK” by US Fish and Wildlife Service, anybody operating Service-owned, leased, rented, or borrowed heavy equipment should undergo 8 hours of safety training before they start operating the equipment.
This training curricula may cover:
- Operational techniques
It is imparted to all people who are likely to operate these machines (whether it is service-owned, leased, rented, or borrowed heavy equipment).
This is all good, but with globally spread employees will classroom training be a cost effective option? May not be. Online training can be a good option for you to think about. Let’s look at the need for these courses and why eLearning can be the right option.
In a large organization, there will be many employees working at different job roles, starting from the workers to the warehouse managers. So the company must ensure that each and every person has sufficient knowledge on the basic safety practices. This training should be in accordance with the safety and environmental regulatory bodies (such as OSHA regulations).
For operators, especially who are new, it is a must that they know how to identify the hazards and ensure safety while operating the equipment. It is also important to train them on how to use safety gear, which may otherwise result in serious accidents.
When it comes to heavy equipment service technicians, it is essential that they have knowledge on PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).PPE refers to the equipment which protects the user from health hazards or safety risks at work. It includes, how to and when to wear hard hats, safety toed boots, gloves, hearing protection, protective coats, helmets, gloves, foot wear, safety goggles, etc.
You can train them effectively through eLearning, in a convenient manner, as online courses can be accessed anytime, anywhere. You can also quickly reach your global workforce with courses translated into the native languages of your employees. This helps you in complying and answering the regulatory bodies. All this can be done quickly, cost effectively, and in an engaging manner.
Equipment Maintenance Training: Heavy equipment needs proper maintenance, so operators must be trained on how to perform regular checks of the equipment and damages. Proper maintenance of the equipment is important to increase the product life and save costs.
Operators or maintenance personnel need to follow proper check lists to safeguard their equipment such as proper methods of fueling, starting and lubricating etc. If this knowledge is not imparted quickly and effectively, there will be no retention and the operators will forget to perform some important actions.
So, maintenance training should be done in an interactive way so that learners will be able to remember for a longer time. This is possible with bite-sized eLearning courses and providing checklists using mobile apps.
Operating Training: Operator training is unavoidable because untrained operators are likely to create irreversible losses or cause severe damage to the organization and its assets. Proper training can reduce risks, improve and make the maximum out of the machine.
Generally, heavy equipment operator training includes procedures such as:
- Starting and warming up of the engine
- Using all the controls and tools
- Attaching accessories such as plows or blades to the equipment
- Shutting down the engine
Operator training using simulators can prove costly for the company. So the same environment can be replicated in eLearning courses cost effectively for the same effectiveness.
1. 2D Simulator Training: A well-designed 2D simulation training program will give a clear understanding of the equipment and how to operate them.
We can create 2D Simulation based videos such as the one shown below
2. 360 Degree Video in Training: These videos can be very useful to provide hands-on training to the employees.
You can thus leverage eLearning to impart effective training on heavy equipment or machinery. Hope you liked this blog. Do share if you have any comments.
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