With an aging workforce and lack of technically skilled tradespeople entering the pipeline, companies in the industrial market are being forced to do more with less. This being the case, it is imperative they ensure their current workforce stay up-to-date on all required training and certifications, as failing to do so not only puts employee well-being at risk, but threatens the integrity and profitability of their business.
Easier said than done
From WHMIS and welding courses to First Aid and forklift training (not to mention an operator's certificate for just about every size of crane you can imagine), staying on top of a seemingly endless list of employee skills remains a primary challenge for safety reps and managers alike. Throw in the fact that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) periodically revises their standards for equipment operation and safety, and you’ve got an overwhelming situation for small to medium-sized companies that lack the resources to keep up.
And the consequences for an insufficiently trained workforce are sometimes dire.
Using the crane & rigging industry as an example, the Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB) cites that “90% of crane accidents are often the direct result of negligence of the crane-related professional or the lack of adequate operator training or experience.” As the largest piece of construction equipment on-site, crane-related accidents often result in serious injury or death. A total of 220 total crane-related fatalities took place between 2011 and 2015 in the US; half of them involving workers being struck by an object or piece of equipment.
As well, missed workdays due to injury, increased insurance rates, OSHA fines, litigation fees, outsourcing, and lost business opportunities are just a few more reasons why safety and training should be made a priority, not an afterthought.
Priority problems, software solutionsIf your company is struggling to stay afloat in a rising sea of new employee skills and certifications, then WrightPlan's easy-to-use, job management software is your life preserver. Effortlessly weave safety and accountability into project pre-planning with these 5 simple steps:
1) Develop a list of required training, skills, and certifications relevant to your workforce.
2) Assign new skills, training, and certifications to individual employee profiles. Include issue dates, expiry dates, and attach supporting documentation to verify proof-of-completion.
3) Create a Custom View to keep track of expiring employee skills, and have WrightPlan push this information to you regularly.
4) Schedule training sessions for employees whose skills and certifications are set to expire.
5) Intuitive software ensures scheduled training sessions remain a priority by informing Dispatch of your workers’ availability and alerts for possible double-booking.
Seeing is believing
With WrightPlan's advanced scheduling software, seeing is believing. The ability to visualize employee skills, expiring certifications and opportunities for training allows safety reps and managers to proactively plan for the future. Help keep your workforce safe, certified, and accountable with WrightPlan's specialized scheduling solutions!
1) Construction’s skills shortage - Andy Brown (KHL)
3) About OSHA - OSHA
4) Fatal Occupational Injuries Involving Cranes (2011-15) - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics