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Getting Ready for High-Risk Jobs

Getting Ready for High-Risk Jobs

Starting work in a high-risk job involves a great deal of physical, mental and procedural preparation. You need comprehensive knowledge of the job at hand and what to do if something goes wrong.

Workplace safety is essential in every job, but in a high-risk environment, it could be the key to avoiding serious injuries or fatalities.

Here is a look at some of the high-risk jobs we specialise in. We’re exploring what’s involved so you can better prepare for your next job. Please note that the advice below is general and should be incorporated as part of a specific action plan for your circumstances.

Crane Operators

Crane operators work in a wide range of industries, from high-rise construction to busy job sites. Safety for crane operators encompasses a range of precautions, from machinery inspections to careful planning. To succeed in safely operating a crane, you should:

  • understand and never exceed the lifting capacity of the crane and crane accessories
  • carefully plan all crane operations and take potential risks into account
  • ensure equipment has been carefully examined and maintained before use
  • prevent unauthorised use of the crane
  • complete site inspections and preparations
  • define exclusion zones and ensure they are never entered
  • double check all safety precautions before beginning a job

Our crane training courses give users the qualifications and knowledge they need to operate a wide variety of cranes.

Forklift Operators

Forklifts are used in a wide variety of industries, from warehousing to distribution and logistics. You can find forklifts in construction environments, airports, storage locations and other areas. Some safety precautions that forklift operators and their employers can implement include:

  • ensuring maintenance and service schedules are up to date
  • ensuring lighting and visibility throughout the worksite
  • defining operating areas and exclusion areas for the benefit of the operator and other site workers
  • always performing a pre-operation inspection of forklift and accessories
  • only operating the forklift within its parameters, including intended use and weight limitations
  • driving safely around pedestrians and on hazardous surfaces (slippery areas, rough or uneven terrain)
  • reducing speed during turns
  • wearing a seatbelt at all times

On the Job Training provides hands-on courses to qualify you for High Risk Work Forklift Licences, which are required for many forklift operations.

Working with Scaffolding

Scaffolding is usually found on busy construction sites, and ensuring its safety and reliability is essential. Hazardous scaffolding can be a danger to construction workers, scaffolding assemblers and entire construction projects.

When working with and assembling scaffolding, be sure that:

  • potential hazards and control measures for each assembly site are identified
  • any forces or loads impacting on scaffolding are determined, calculated and approved
  • communication methods and communication equipment are identified and inspected
  • defective scaffolding and accessories are separated and labelled
  • ground suitability is checked
  • maximum live and dead loads are determined
  • access requirements have been considered
  • scaffolding is dismantled according to best practices
  • scaffolding is checked for damage and defects after use

On the Job Training’s basic level scaffolding course covers all of this and more, giving you the knowledge you need to register for a licence.

Start Working with High Risk Work Licences Today

Working in a high-risk environment can have its pros and cons, but with the right licences, knowledge and attitude, you can thrive as a specialist worker.

On the Job Training offers intuitive, hands-on courses to get you licenced for a range of high-risk work. For courses that come to you all around Australia, contact us online or call 0404 709 861.

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