ENERPAC Australasia has introduced its Think Safety training program designed to improve workplace health, safety and efficiency in industries where hydraulic equipment is used extensively.
The training and certification courses are run for groups of 5-25 people conducted in their own workplace.
Participants typically include apprentices, fitters, riggers, foremen, supervisors, maintenance staff and other users of hydraulic equipment.
The course is suitable for industries such as construction, engineering, government utility, infrastructure utility, manufacturing, materials handling, metal fabrication, mining, mineral processing, petroleum and resources, rescue, transport, workshop and primary production.
The courses incorporate presentations, practical demonstrations, safety and maintenance audits of existing equipment and individual course participant assessments leading to Certificates of Achievement.
No charge is made for the courses, beyond repairs requested to any equipment discovered to be deficient. Courses are conducted by Enerpac Territory Managers and Trainers qualified to all relevant industry and international standards.
The objectives of Think Safety courses include promoting workplace health and safety, reducing injuries and accidents by promoting correct usage practices and extending equipment life by promoting correct care and maintenance of hydraulic tools, according to Enerpac national sales manager, Pat Molloy.
"Skills and knowledge to be acquired including an understanding of the potential dangers of incorrect use of hydraulic tools which, in some of the worst cases of misuse, can literally explode and fire balls and fragments with the force of a shot,” he said.
“In other cases, something as simple as incorrect siting of tools or off-centre loads can compromise the stability of huge lifts and endanger everyone around them."
The training strategy of the Think Safety courses expands on previous courses and involves illustrated lectures, practical demonstrations and open discussions of actual workplace situations.
"By the end of a two-hour session, including a 15-minute questionnaire, we expect to help produce an outcome of fewer accidents, higher productivity, and longer life and more efficient functioning of hydraulic tools,” Molloy said.
"Our past experience has shown us that simple improvements such as basic understanding of hydraulic principles, tool operation and maintenance can produce dramatically better safety capabilities among staff at all levels.
"Hydraulics are so much a common part of an efficient workplace that people frequently tend to take them for granted, not realising how much better they can be used and how much more safely can be achieved with a little specialised training and knowledge."