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Crane training/inspection from KT&A

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KT&A a Kimberley-based company is an RTO-Worksafe Assessor of crane training/inspection.

KT&A trains individuals in the operation of a wide variety of equipment and procedures such as:

  • Mobile cranes (both wheeled and crawler) to open certification
  • Other cranes, such as vehicle truck cranes, knuckle boom cranes, non slew cranes and overhead cranes
  • Lift trucks (industrial and construction)
  • Aerial platforms
  • Crane trucks
  • Straddle carriers (timber)
  • Front-end loaders
  • Backhoe(wheeled and tracked Excavator)
  • Dump trucks
  • Graders
  • Bulldozers
  • Safety awareness for supervisors
  • Agricultural tractors
  • Skid steer loader

KT&A offers on-site training programs at the client’s facility using the equipment the operators use.

KT&A’s programs can be tailored to suit both novice and experienced personnel as well as topics specific to the facility or industry.

Training that sticks

KT&A pre-tests students to help them understand their level of proficiency/literacy.

Students are tested for results to ensure that they fully understand the material being covered. On-the-spot remedial assistance is offered to help strengthen weak spots.

Classroom training is important, but all operators must have hands-on training with equipment they will be using regularly.

To meet OSH Australia Standards, and more the Australian Safety Council for Compensation (ASCC) requires documented training for crane operators and KT&A helps meet the requirements by providing specialised crane operator training tailored to specific needs.

Classroom training includes: OSH/ANZ/S requirements safe operator procedures, crane configuration, pre-operational inspections, crane setup, quadrants of operation and load charts.

Hands-on training includes: pre-operational inspection, crane setup, crane operation, using the load chart, lifting light/heavy loads at varying radii, capacity lifts and performance tests.

KT&A also provides crane safety training, which is designed for managers, supervisors, operators, riggers and any personnel that need to have an understanding of crane operations.

Topics include: crane components and technology; understanding and using load charts; lift considerations and crane setup; operator responsibilities, such as inspection, unsafe conditions; multi-crane lifts; hand signals and doggers; OSH and ANZ/ standards (record keeping) and lifting personnel.

A key component to crane safety is a thoroughly trained and qualified dogger/ rigger. Several crane-related accidents occur from the hook down. It is important that personnel who rig the crane lifts and signal the operator know how to work with cranes/dogger.

Rigger training topics include: OSH/ANZ/S requirements, crane configuration, crane operating modes, load charts, wire rope type/inspection, slings, rigging hardware, calculating rigging loading, reeving and safe rigging practices.

KT&A conducts the training on-site. Lowering costs by increasing safety. One of the benefits of training, certification and crane inspection is increased safety and lower costs.

Employers that put their employees through certified training have lower Experience Modification Ratings which result in lower insurance costs.

KT&A believes safety starts at home. KT&A was recently admitted to the National Safety Council.

Proper training has many rewards such as:

  • Reduced accident rates
  • Fewer job stoppages
  • Less down time because equipment is used, not abused
  • Less guesswork
  • Improved customer relations
  • Improved employee morale
  • Reduced workers compensation
  • Getting ASCC certified

KT&A is able to help heavy equipment owner/operators with the new in OSH training and skills, including the standards of the ASCC Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators .

Reducing accidents is the number one goal of ASCC/KT&A and there is clear evidence that certification helps increase safety awareness.

The ASCC, which is made up of representatives from all segments of construction/mining and general industry, has developed a fair, objective, independent and standardised assessment of the skills and knowledge needed by crane operators for 2007.

ASCC is an industry-led program, with owner/ operators themselves playing a central role. Representatives from many different sectors have helped determine what crane operators should know to safely operate a crane. A committee of volunteers from construction, mining, transport, steel erection and general industry, as well as training, manufacturing, insurance, (Worksafe) helped establish the standards.

Certification is mandatory from July 2007. An increasing number of employers, mines, including state agencies, such as Western Power etc, are requiring operators to be certified through an ASCC program as a condition of work.

To be Worksafe certified, operators must demonstrate skills and knowledge through a written examination for a specific type crane, a practical test on the equipment and a medical confirmation of physical ability to perform on the job.

Currently, there are different designations/categories in construction of ASCC certification:

  • Lattice boom truck crane (20 tonnes or less) Over 20 tonnes to 60 tonnes)
  • Lattice boom crawler crane to open (over 100 tonnes)
  • Non slewing crane
  • Small telescopic boom crane (less than 20 tonnes)
  • Large telescopic boom crane (more than 100 tonnes)

Vehicle truck crane

Employers can be assured that operators carrying certification have the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for the safe operation of cranes, without relying on subjective recommendation or judgement.

Operators who earn the distinction of Worksafe certification can take satisfaction that an independent professional authority such as KT&A has recognised their skills.

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