Education Spotlight: Safety and Operational Efficiency

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Rabe saw many work accidents and eventually lost an uncle in a farming incident that could have been avoided if proper safety precautions had been followed, he recalls.

“Growing up on the farm, I realized that proper training prevents people from making decisions that aren’t healthy for them,” Rabe said.

“Our aim is to provide training for people working in the industry to return home safely every day.”

Edumine offers 24 of the Vista equipment operation courseall essential for learning how to effectively use ore extraction equipment in a surface mining operation.

Vista has developed TruckLogic, an integrated program that combines CBTs with PC simulation and structured on-the-job training and coaching exercises. This blended program was the first of its kind in the mining industry and received an award for blended learning demonstrating the training development process.

“We showed that we had increased production and cut incidents in half,” Rabe said.

Vista Training began developing e-learning products for companies operating in the oil sands, then became a global supplier.

Each of the 24 Edumine courses created by Vista Training covers a topic on how to train an operator to safely operate equipment, such as a bulldozer or wheel loader.

Here is an overview of the general program:

CDM: What are the benefits of Vista security training?

Rabe: Some feel that safety training is a cost to the organization – and it should never be. Safety comes with productivity and both are good for the organization and are actually cost saving measures because you don’t have an employee who is in the hospital and a broken machine.

The reduction in maintenance expenses is another benefit that we can measure. It’s amazing how people think an operator knows how to start and stop a machine without worrying about wear and tear on a machine. Our products teach these things.

The operator is trained to use the equipment at times when they may not have been exposed to a large piece of equipment before. [Such as] how to take a walk to make sure it’s safe.

CDM: What can Vista’s model teach that cannot be learned internally?

Rabe: Typically, companies that train people take a mentoring approach. In this approach there are a few problems that develop – one is that the trainee is only as good as the trainer. Good and bad habits are transferred.

The adult learner in the seat who may be a new equipment operator never sees the big picture – but only gets the finer details of what the lever or steering wheel is doing.

In best practice, it’s been proven that you need to see the big picture so they can understand the world they’re in, how dangerous it is, and how important their role is.

Most of our customers do not have this information – adult learners, as empirical evidence has found, need to know why they are learning this material.

CDM: What can learners expect from Edumine Vista training courses?

Rabe: Our approach is to set up a structured training. The 24 courses have a uniform approach with five lessons. The first is an introduction to the course, the objectives. Second, get to know your gear and how it applies to the workplace – giving the big picture.

Third, the pre-use and post-use inspection, driven by safety. Then we get into the technique of using the equipment, then we get into the operating task for a specific type of machine – the most efficient best practices.

The end game is to move learners from where they come to where they become a proficient operator. There are many benefits – some of them are very difficult to measure.

How do you measure productivity when you have a different environment every day? How to measure security? How to measure the accident that never happened?

Learn more about Vista course on Edumine here.

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