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“Due Diligence” — these two words are beginning to have a major impact in all areas of business and industry worldwide. Canadian Federal laws and Occupational Health and Safety regulations define due diligence as “doing everything reasonably practicable” to prevent a failure or injury.
In most regions, regulations are demanding more of employers by making them “explicitly responsible” for providing proper objective evidence of due diligence for worker safety and worksite safety.
For the operation of overhead lifting equipment, this means there must be documented procedures implemented for daily crane operations, inspections, rigging applications, training, monitoring of worker performance, internal auditing, nonconformance, and corrective actions.
Having these processes and procedures properly implemented and maintained will ensure the operator is continuously working in accordance with the safety training received and is meeting minimum industry compliance requirements.
The safety training in itself is only a very small part of the due diligence for compliance requirements in accordance with the Bill C45 section of the Canadian Criminal Code. It is far more critical to be able to prove the company has done everything “reasonably practicable” to prevent an incident or accident. These records are documented proof, together with checklists, daily operator logbooks, internal audit results for monitoring, etc.
The only way to ensure a continuance of the safe work practices taught to the workers is to train all personnel who have a responsibility for monitoring workers. Having this documentation in place as mentioned above is “the company’s objective evidence of due diligence, and it reduces the company’s liability in the event of an injury accident”. ACTi also has designed a daily operator logbook that assists with tracking workers to ensure they are performing all required tasks and entering them in the daily logbook.
Courseware material content should be audited annually by an industry-expert professional engineer to ensure compliance with the most current jurisdictional codes, regulations, and standards.
Safer work sites provide assurance that safety training meets the minimum compliance requirements of all applicable national and international standards. In the event of an accident or injury, these audits also reduce the responsibility of liability for our clients, our instructors, and our company.
Proper safety training pays – when safety training programs and methodology are properly implemented and maintained, the company will realize a reduction of all applicable non-tangible costs, such as:
- Unnecessary breakdowns due to misuse and abuse
- Worker compensation rates
- Personnel-injury lawsuits
Loss of production time alone can run into tens of thousands of dollars per hour, without taking into consideration the cost of parts and repairs. Proper crane safety training will ensure a safer work environment for workers utilizing hoisting, rigging hardware, and material handling as part of their job tasks.
All employers and their supervisory representatives are responsible for monitoring workers at a frequency that ensures workers are operating in accordance with safe work practices.
Supervisory representatives include:
- Health and environmental safety personnel
- Designated operators
- Anyone else responsible for the supervision of workers.
To ensure worker competency, employer representatives need to monitor workers performing these safe working practices. Best practice dictates that this monitoring (such as observations and internal audits) should be programmed or documented.
This documentation should be at a frequency that satisfies external scrutiny such as regulatory authorities and corporate auditors. In order to perform these audits, employer representatives need to have a level of safe work practice competency.
Best practice also dictates that, unless an employer’s representative is already competent in the safe work practice, the best way to attain that competency is to attend the same training as the workers.
This way, the employer’s representative can apply the safe work practice criteria as a part of his or her programmed or incidental observations. This is the only way to ensure worker competency on the job site. Anything less is just a “compliance safety certificate.”
We have designed a standardized in-house Train-The-Trainer Safety Training program for companies that have one location with more than 50 personnel.
With a standardized safety program in place, each company location would then only need to include applicable jurisdictional requirements and work instructions unique to the applications at their location.
A standardized safety training program is a time-efficient and cost-effective way of ensuring the crane safety training provided is consistent throughout the company/organization.
A direct result of this method of safety training would be a measurable reduction in all related non-tangible costs – i.e. worker injuries, WCB rate increases, downtime due to misuse and abuse of equipment, costly repairs, loss of production, fines, lawsuits, etc.
Realistically, these costs could easily be reduced by 10% or more per location, as cranes only breakdown when they are in high production.
Loss of production time alone can run into tens of thousands of dollars per hour, without taking into consideration the cost of parts and repairs.
We have designed a crane operator daily logbook that makes it easy to perform crane start-up and shutdown checks simply and consistently, while also including instructions on how to perform load calculations. The daily logbook provides the supervisor with a copy of the completed checklist to ensure maintenance issues are responded to and tracked.
Not everyone uses a crane every day and this logbook serves as a “How-to reminder.” When a supervisor responds to reported maintenance issues, it shows that they are aware of the importance of maintaining equipment and that the operators are performing and documenting all required safety tasks.
Objective records – effective crane safety programming teaches how to extend the corporate health and safety program’s “training element” to include safety training for workers and instructions for monitoring. This lays the groundwork for developing unique instructions applicable to all overhead travelling lift equipment that requires a start-up, shut-down and is documented in a logbook.