“As this was a new machine we needed to start from scratch with an induction, quickly realising that this particular excavator had quite complex onboard systems. Working with the training manager who was also in the class, we recorded the time spent understanding the machine’s capabilities for each trainee, which was on average a 2-hour process per person.”
“The training manager now has some solid data to develop their induction procedure, which based on this training will be a minimum 1-day process.”
As part of the induction and training processes, Peter helped to highlight some key points that needed to be addressed before the machine was put into their fleet for operation. From minor issues like additional safety decals to the potential mismatch between the excavator weight class and the proposed attachments that would be used, Peter provided in-depth advice and suggestions to the Endeavour Energy team.
“All attachments needed data plates and tare weights, we were missing a logbook, and then there was the matter of the excavator’s size relative to its intended use. The quick hitch and rotator supplied may not be able to handle the 8-metre poles that the maintenance crews will need to move: this needs to be addressed before the machine is commissioned.”
“The Endeavour Energy team now has some solid information that they can take back to their equipment supplier to ensure the machine is fit for purpose,” adds Peter.