Training in the workplace is essential in every department. For the work place to function like a well-oiled machine, it is of the utmost importance that everyone knows what he or she is doing, not only because making mistakes can cost a lot of money, but because in some workplaces it can cost lives.
The Importance of Training on Lifting Equipment
Getting the proper training and certification for the lifting equipment you use is about more than just knowing which buttons to push and how to avoid accidents – it is in direct contravention of the Driven Machinery Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for machines to be operated by any uncertified persons. Even the most experienced crane operators are still forbidden from operating machinery – whether overhead cranes, truck mounted cranes, side lifter or carry deck cranes – without the proper certification, and experience does not equal certification. Though experience is necessary for operating machinery, a certification is needed to comply with Driven Machinery Regulations. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in jail time or fines. After receiving the adequate training and being found competent, operators receive a certificate and an ID card, and this card must be kept on hand when operating machinery.
Click here to read the Driven Machinery Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act