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3 Sure-Fire Investments

sitekEditor’s note: This article appeared in the October 2013 issues of the ACP magazines

Whenever an investment is made it is done with the expectation of getting a positive return. This doesn’t always happen. Often the results are less than anticipated. The most recent recession proved the point.

For the construction contractor, no matter how small or large, here are three investments that are always a sure thing and will always give you a positive ROI.

Safety is the best investment you can make for your company. Anytime an accident, injury or worse is prevented you get a measurable return.

All construction sites are accidents waiting to happen. Your challenge is to survey job sites and find as many potential hazards as possible and then do something to prevent accidents. There are an endless string of safety slogans, signs, warning devices, training materials and programs designed to help you deliver safety messages to you crews. Visit www.site-kconstructionzone.com “Digging For Dirt” and read the guest blog by Penny Olmos — for a quick trip scan here Insert Safety Scan Code.

A couple of other resource sites are Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) www.aem.org and safety.cat.com. There are dozens of other resources starting with the equipment manufacturers. The AEM safety materials are the result of a cooperative effort by all the member manufacturers and available in several languages. The time effort and capital pout into safety programs and training always give you the highest return when you can go to bed at night knowing that all your employees, every single one, went home at the end of the day tired and uninjured.

Training needs to be a critical part of your operation even if it’s only you and your brother-in-law. Employees should go through a training program designed to familiarize them with company practices, programs and protocols.  Even seasoned operators can use periodic update training. And don’t forget the all important safety training.

Most equipment dealers have some type of training available for the equipment they handle. Many of the equipment manufacturers also provide operator training. If you’re buying a new piece of equipment you can include training as part of the deal. You would want to include maintenance training in the arrangements.

In many cases training becomes a two-way learning experience. The trainer can always learn from the new employees especially if the individual has years of experience.

The use of the team analogy ihas certainly been overworked but the reality is that it does apply. A team is a grouping of people working together to achieve a common goal each has a specific function for which they are responsible. The key to a team’s success is the result of extensive training. If all the members of a team execute their individual responsibilities as they’ve been trained to the result is the achievement of the objective or goal effectively, efficiently, safely and profitably.

Maintenance insures that the equipment, tools, attachments and safety devices are all functioning as effectively as they were designed to. A machine delivers its greatest level of productivity when it’s in its optimum operating condition. A piece of equipment can’t deliver peak performance unless it’s in peak condition. The only way to keep equipment at a like-new performance level is through a comprehensive maintenance program consisting of routine daily inspections, safety checks, scheduled service intervals, oil analysis, before-failure component replacement, and don’t forget the ground engaging tools. Dull, blunt or worn teeth and cutting edges will cause a machine to use more fuel, accelerate wear and reduce productivity.

Safety and training are both critical components of a maintenance program. Working on and around equipment has its own set of safety hazards that need to be addressed. The maintenance staff needs to be trained to be efficient. Investing in integrating these three component into your operation will always give you a positive return that will be reflected in your employees attitudes as well as your bottom line.

KIRBY-SMITH MACHINERY, INC. Announces Its First Webinar

KIRBY-SMITH MACHINERY, INC. Announces Its First Webinar

We are very excited to announce our first webinar, which will focus on National Boom Truck Maintenance. The webinar will be on December 11, 2012, at 7:30am. I hope that you and any of your coworkers who are interested will join us for this webinar. Also, if possible, I would really appreciate it if you could feature a story about our webinar in an upcoming edition of your magazine.

Here’s a link to the webinar’s registration page: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/46702102778485760

Holt Cat® Invests In Dubiski High School’s Technical Skills Program

HOLT CAT and Caterpillar®, as part of the Dealer Excellence Fund, have made an investment of $8,800 to Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie to support its technical skills program and the career development of technical students. This morning, Dallas WFAA’s Daybreak program featured HOLT CAT Regional Service Manager Tony Spalding presenting the check to Grand Prarie Superintendent Dr. Susan Hull, and Jose Sanchez, a high school senior in the Diesel Technician Training Program at Dubiski High School. Sanchez plans to get training to re-build diesel engines after completing high school. A number of Grand Prarie Independent School District Representatives and Dubiski High School students were in attendance.

HOLT’s Tony Spalding presenting the donation check to a number of Dubiski High School Students

The Caterpillar Dealer Excellence Fund (Est. 1989) is a program to strengthen curriculum and faculty development in technical schools and increase the pool of qualified service technicians.

“The goal of the Dealer Excellence Fund Program is to help schools develop state-of-the-art technical training programs,” explains Shaun Manning, Technical Training Director, HOLT CAT Pro Tech! “When a Cat dealer supports a school’s technical skills program by making a donation, the foundation matches it.” Therefore, the Caterpillar Foundation matched HOLT’s original donation of $4,400 to produce a combined donation of $8,800.

Dubiski High School seniors and juniors in the Ag Power Systems Program with teacher Rick Elmore and HOLT’s Tony Spalding (left)

Rick Elmore, Automotive Program Facilitator and Instructor at Dubiski Career High School, detailed how the school plans to use this donation. “The funds will be used for a hydraulic training system for the diesel mechanic program, which will help prepare students for entry-level positions in the heavy-duty equipment repair field. Hydraulic systems are extremely important and an integral component of construction/agricultural equipment.”

In addition to the investment, HOLT CAT is currently interviewing Dubiski High School students for paid internship positions.  The programs begins in December and eligible student interns will receive top level industry training and could qualify for the National Safe Tractor Operator Certification, which will help these young people develop a competitive edge in the market place.

HOLT strongly supports the training and education of technical students and hopes to increase the pool of qualified technicians to meet industry needs for these specialized employees. The donated funds may be used for scholarships, faculty development, training aids and equipment. Dubiski Career High School was evaluated and selected based on the strength of their current infrastructure and program.

AEM Publishes Updated Truck-Mounted Forklift Safety Manual

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has extensively updated its Truck-Mounted Forklift Safety Manual to provide machine operators, maintenance personnel and others on the jobsite with up-to-date industry safety and maintenance information.

The AEM Truck-Mounted Forklift Safety Manual outlines some of the basic safety situations that may be encountered during normal operation and maintenance of the machine and suggests possible ways of dealing with these conditions. The manual is not a substitute for the manufacturer’s operating manual(s).

The 48-page manual was developed with the help of AEM member manufacturers, including members of the association’s Truck-Mounted Forklift Committee. It uses an updated layout with the latest AEM pictorials for easier comprehension.

Significant content changes include:

  • More accurate information specific to different machine configurations
  • New guidance provided for travelling while unloaded
  • Expanded instructions for operating on uneven terrain
  • Expanded guidance for handling high loads
  • A new section explaining load stability factors

AEM’s safety and training materials cover more than 40 types of equipment used in agricultural, construction, forestry and utility applications. The association initiated its safety-tools program more than 40 years ago to provide job-proven and time-tested suggestions that promote safety-conscious attitudes and performance. In addition to accident prevention, benefits include improved worker productivity and less equipment downtime for repairs.

The AEM Truck-Mounted Forklift Safety Manual, as well as the association’s other safety manuals, videos and related educational materials, is available online through the AEM Store at http://shop.aem.org. Some safety materials are offered in downloadable files or in DVD format. AEM members receive discounts on select materials.

 

CSDA Announces Fall 2012-Winter 2013 Training Dates

The Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) is pleased to announce a range of dates and locations for its fall 2012-winter 2013 program.

Between October 2012 and February 2013, CSDA will hold six training classes in three locations across the United States. The association has hands-on, classroom and online courses for every discipline and skill level, allowing contractors to provide operators with superior training.

The 2012-2013 training schedule starts in Olathe, Kansas on October 11-12. The association will hold a Slab Sawing 101 class at the headquarters of Husqvarna Construction Products. This introductory, yet comprehensive class provides students with a strong foundation in slab sawing operations and industry fundamentals. The class is suitable for new or inexperienced operators, as well as other industry professionals looking to learn more about this cutting discipline.

In November, CSDA is offering a selection of Operator Certification courses for experienced operators who want to gain top-notch proficiency in any or all sawing and drilling disciplines. These classes include Slab Sawing & Drilling 201 on November 5-6, followed by Wall Sawing 201 on November 7-8 and Wire Sawing 201 on November 9-10. All classes will be held at CSDA’s training facility located at St Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.

In February 2013, the CSDA training program heads west to Las Vegas, Nevada and the annual World of Concrete trade show and exhibition. A Core Drilling 201 advanced certification class is scheduled for February 5-6, while a two-day CSDA Estimating class will be held February 6-7. Both classes will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the show. Content for the Core Drilling 201 class will be split between the classroom and the slab, with students spending time at the outdoor exhibit booths of CSDA member companies to perform practical exercises. The Estimating class will focus specifically on the practice of estimating sawing and drilling jobs and is taught by industry experts with real-world experience.

All classes have been scheduled to provide cutting contractors with choice and flexibility, allowing operators and employees to attend when companies can afford to send them. In addition, CSDA has an online training website consisting of 26 courses that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via www.csdatraining.com.

By using CSDA courses as a company training program, participants are assured of receiving top-notch instruction by industry experts, presenting the latest cutting practices, and assistance with career paths for employees. The courses also offer structured training to increase efficiency and productivity, and documentation to limit company risk and liability.

For more information about CSDA training courses, visit www.csda.org. A PDF of the 2012-2013 CSDA training brochure can be downloaded by clicking Here.