Training = Safety Training

Author: Joseph Fowler
Training = Safety Training \trā-niŋ\ v.
1: Cause to grow as desired
2: Make or become prepared or skilled.

On its own, a construction site is a dangerous place, and one of the biggest potential dangers is having an untrained person at the controls of construction equipment. That’s why one of the most important safety checks is to make sure that all persons involved with the operating, moving and positioning of equipment have the necessary training to avoid accidents and damage.

One Source is a company that rents out construction equipment and often works with Purdue University. Operators are required to undergo a training course held by the company. The courses are machine-specific and available for no extra fee (a fact that varies among different rental companies).

The training is a universal OSHA requirement. Some companies are large enough that they have their own safety official and handle training themselves.

Typically, the training course is four hours long and is comprised of several activities. Hands-on training, instruction videos, walk around inspections and tests; common courses are ones for scissor lifts, boom-supported platforms, and industrial forklifts. Another type of class is the safety course for carry-deck cranes, which teaches hand-signals, rigging and how to be safely in the vicinity of a crane. The training course to operate a crane is a good example of a more involved class, which takes over 40 hours to complete and must be done off-site.

Josh Dellinger is a territory manager and Purdue rep for One Source who conducts training courses for his customers. He said that safety training is vitally important, “It’s for safe operation and basically to protect you; to keep people from doing something that hurts themselves or others.” Safety training is the first step in any successful construction operation and it could save your life and the lives of others.