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Operator Training with eLearning

Written By Induja Gurukuntala

Operator Training with eLearning

In today’s industrial world, operator training is unavoidable because improperly trained operators are likely to cause irreversible loss or even severe damage to an organization and its assets.

Operator training can:

  • Improve the operator’s safety
  • Increase performance by 70%

70% to 90% of all accidents claimed to be due to faulty forklifts are caused by operator error.

“Measuring the Effectiveness of an Industrial Lift Truck Safety Program” Harvey and Roger C. Jensen, Journal of Safety Research, Vol. 15

This creates the need for professional teams to run production processes in a safe and an efficient way. For the execution of a complete design and construction of an organization, a specific and comprehensive training program is necessary.

It is estimated that each year 10% of all investigated accidents involving lift trucks are caused largely by the lack of operator training, resulting in injury to operators and to those around them (Health & Safety Executive (HSE) figures).

The operator training provides trainees an internal training on the production processes. This effective training can minimize the engineering time and maximize energy saving. E-learning is a comprehensive training where trainee operators can learn at their own pace.

Most of the industries have operator training that includes:

  • Heavy Equipment Operator Training:

    It is an on-the-job training given to operators to specialize in the use of machinery such as bulldozers, bucket loaders, cranes, all-terrain forklifts and pile drivers. Industries using heavy equipment are mining industries, oil and gas industry, public works, and so on The challenges faced by these industries are the training for new generation workforce and avoid workplace injuries.

    The training offered can reduce risk and improve safety in workplace and also enhance operator performance.

  • Forestry Operator Training:

    This training focuses on how to operate and monitor one or more types of special-purpose motorized, mobile machinery or equipment used in agricultural, horticultural and other forestry operations. The problems these industries face are due to the retirement of the specialized and experienced workforce. This has to be replaced with the new generation workforce. Therefore, it becomes absolutely necessary that new employees be trained on work ethics.

    For this purpose, the new trainee training can train the new generation workforce on how to use machinery and to perform minor repairs.

  • Equipment Specific Training:

    Since all trainee operators do not perform the same work task, there is a need for industries to impart equipment-specific training. This refers to job-specific training, which makes the trainer familiar with the jobs to which trainee operators will be assigned.

    With the rapid advancement in the field of technology, the old methods become outdated, making it difficult for the existing experienced workforce to carry on with their work.

Therefore, training can provide valuable inputs to the new as well as the experienced workforce for efficient productivity.

  • By using online training, multimedia and videos, operators can learn the machine knowledge, which includes daily service checks, startup and operation, safe operating techniques, and how to maximize machine productivity through several interactive lessons, on-screen simulations, periodic knowledge checks, and job aids.
  • E-learning training offers trainees a more engaging training process. This can also enhance ongoing maintenance training.
  • You can even track the performance of trainees with the help of course statistics and results.
  • Another positive aspect of eLearning in an operator training is that it is a non-disruptive phenomenon. Thus, it means it does not interfere with the normal flow of the workplace.
  • By incorporating eLearning for your operator training, the equipment at the workplace need not be taken off line and allocated for training purpose.
  • Moreover, implementing an eLearning program proves cost effective and offers greater flexibility.
  • E-learning allows you to easily update any content changes when policies/procedures, equipment or requirements are updated.

Therefore, in today’s industrial world, operator training has become an indispensable part in every organization. And, moreover, to make things easy, eLearning can contribute more to this aspect. So, have you trained your operator trainees yet?

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