Completing a practical evaluation can be a nerve racking experience! At OSG, we know that you want to be successful and pass — we want that too! At OSG, we are invested in your success, so we spoke to equipment evaluation specialist Jerry Morrison to get his top five tips to ensure that you pass your next practical evaluation.
1. Don’t be complacent
Sometimes, veteran equipment operators develop bad habits. Some common bad habits include not completing shoulder checks, turning while lifting or lowering a load and driving too fast. In order to successfully pass a practical evaluation, you must commit to breaking bad habits. According to Jerry, allowing bad habits to show is the single largest factor in why participants fail practical evaluations.
2. Ensure that the lifting device has been certified
Lifting devices must be inspected and certified by an equipment mechanic annually. After inspection and provided the equipment meets their standards, they will affix the inspected equipment with a sticker to indicate that it meets safety standards. Without an up-to-date sticker on your machine or device, an evaluation cannot take place. Although this does not result in a failure, it does result in an incomplete exam and the need to have the evaluator return at a later date – both resulting in a cost to your company.
3. Apply concepts learned during theory training
Be sure to apply all of the concepts from safety theory training to your practical evaluation. Many times, operators do not put into practice what they’ve learned in safety training because it’s not the way they’ve done it in the past. However, if you can show that you are putting the safety concepts learned into practice, it is far more likely that will find yourself with a passing grade at the conclusion of your evaluation.
4. Have a competent operator help you determine readiness
For new operators, eight hours of experience (under the supervision of a certified competent operator) is required prior to evaluation. However, this does not mean that all new operators are ready after eight hours. Have a competent operator complete a mock evaluation to help you determine your readiness. Taking extra time to prepare will save your company valuable time and money, and get you on the job faster.
5. Focus on safety
According to Jerry, workers who focus on speed and high production goals are more likely to fail than operators who focus on safety. It is important that operators can show safe and efficient operation concurrently. Jerry recommends that new operators focus on safety, rather than trying to keep up with veteran operators who have years of practice and experience with balancing safety and production.
Do You Need Help Getting Prepared?
OSG can help! We offer a variety of lifting device theory courses, and we complete evaluations in workplaces across Canada. If you have any questions about preparing for your practical evaluation, call 1-800-815-9980 to speak to a Health and Safety expert, or fill out a contact form and we will contact you.
Written by Jennifer Miller | Curriculum Development Coordinator
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