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Does Your Team Need Operator Training?

Many companies don’t realize the importance of formal heavy equipment operator training because it’s hard to tell if your operators aren’t reaching their full potential. Need help uncovering deficiencies in your operation? You’re not alone. Here are a few signs that you might need to invest in operator training.

  1. Coming close to an accident is a red flag to send your operators to training, but you shouldn’t wait until you get to that point to take action. Untrained operators put themselves and everyone around them at risk. Act immediately if you see a breakdown in general safety practices or near misses in machine operation. In some cases, formal training can save lives.
  2. Using too much fuel is a common mistake made by operators who aren’t properly trained for machine use and jobsite setup. Lengthy truck exchange times, excessive idling, and equipment running at unnecessary RPMs are a few fuel wasting signs to look out for. Idle time accounts for nearly 50% of running time, which translates to a gallon of wasted fuel every hour. Trained operators can use up to 10-12% less fuel every day.
  3. Be aware of how often you’re replacing parts, tires, or undercarriages. If you’re coming up short when you compare your actual equipment life to its expected life, it may be an operator issue. Running equipment improperly can result in excessive wear and early failure. Untrained operators may not know the correct operation procedure or maintenance inspections to prevent potential problems.
  4. You should always be able to meet your production goals and deadlines. While outside factors such as weather, material delays, and supplier issues can disrupt your productivity, operators play the biggest role. Operators who know how to get the most out of their machines will be able to get work done more efficiently and accurately.

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Ron Lyons
Certified Dealer Instructor
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