When it comes to training your maintenance staff on operator safety, the decision to train essentially boils down to two issues. Firstly, the safety of the operator and his assistants, and secondly the direct and indirect costs involved.

It is legally required to train operators working on any machinery that moves (like cherry pickers and bulldozers) or has moving parts. However, in South Africa, this legal stipulation is largely ignored as there is very little policing in the industry to enforce this.

On some larger worksites a safety file may be required by the safety officer and copies of relevant training documents need to be included – but there are seldom any consequences for operating heavy-duty machinery without qualifications or safety training.

Unfortunately, when operators aren’t trained correctly by accredited operator training centres, things can go horribly wrong, with workers being injured and – in some cases – even dying due to incorrect safety procedures. When this happens, policing kicks in to investigate and can spell devastation for the organisation and its stakeholders.

Operator Safety Training

It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that any machine operator has been trained on the specific machines and equipment, and that the operator is competent enough to operate any equipment required of him or her.

In many instances an operator will be shown the bare basics of operating machinery or hand tools with absolutely no safety training and safety issues involved with operating that equipment. This is without a doubt the root cause of many serious injuries and deaths in the workplace.

Pros and Cons of Safety Training

Costs Involved:

  • Price of the training course
  • Loss of productive time
  • Transport and accommodation costs for duration of course
  • Special equipment and stationery for training course

Benefits Involved:

  • Less downtime due to injury
  • Less downtime due to mechanical breakdown
  • Better on-the-job productivity
  • Enhanced equipment lifespan

Pros and Cons of NO Safety Training

Costs Involved:

  • Damage to equipment due to incorrect operating
  • Downtime while repairs to equipment are actioned
  • Downtime for IOD treatments
  • Lower productivity on-site
  • Cost of replacing injured operators
  • Possible legal fees
  • Possible late completion penalties

Benefits Involved:

  • Saving money by not training staff
  • No transport and accommodation costs
  • No stationery required for training courses

So, to Train or Not to Train?

The above clearly shows that the risks of not correctly training staff on safety procedures and equipment operation far outweigh the costs involved. Ensure your operators are qualified and prepared for all eventualities by booking an operator safety training course in Durban through Need-A-Tool! Contact us here to secure your seat…