In the modern day and age, we find ourselves in a world where cranes have become the norm in workshops. They are used for various reasons, the main one being to make the work load lighter and to make worker’s lives easier.
Importance of Training and Licensing with Driven Machinery
Over the years, many different types of cranes have been developed - including overhead cranes, truck mounted cranes, side lifter and carry deck cranes. Though cranes make working life easier, their operation does not come without risk – accidents can and do happen, and their use comes with the risk of injury and even death – and having the proper training and licensing is essential. Some may think that having the proper training is enough, without having a license to their name is enough – but they couldn’t be more wrong. Should anything go wrong – whether it be injuring a worker or bystander, or even damaging property – both the operator and the owner will be taken to court and the repercussions should be colossal. Operating a crane without a license, even if you have the training or experience, means that you are liable, even if you were only following orders from your supervisor. In accordance with the Driven Machinery Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, all crane and driven machinery operators must be licensed and trained in their specific machinery. Contravention of this can result in fines and up to 12 months of jail time. Taking the time to ensure employees are licensed is in the best interest of both employee and employer, as the Labour Department investigates after each incident or accident and not having a licensed operator will have serious ramifications.
Click here to read the Driven Machinery Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act