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Selasa, 08 Februari 2011

More work than you can handle?

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A study conducted by the NOHSC
covering the 4-year period between 1989 and 1992
found that deaths caused by hydraulics accidents totalled 43
(that's almost 1 fatality per month!).

And this figure represented 3.5%
of all workplace deaths
during the same period.

The report concluded that:
> a lack of understanding of hydraulics; and
> a lack of technical information about hydraulic systems and components
were recurring, contributory causes.

Despite this finding and the apparent disproportionate number
of workplace deaths attributable to hydraulics,
in my home state today, there are 16 occupations
which have a statutory requirement
for the practitioner to be licensed.

None of these 16 licensed occupations
are in the hydraulics field.

The business community has a natural resistance
to government interference and regulation,
and not without good reason.

At the same time, governments don't typically regulate
unless they believe (rightly or wrongly) that
they have a compelling reason for doing so.

And I wouldn't like to second guess what would
compel government to regulate the hydraulics industry.
But I don't see this happening anytime soon.

Which means the key to competence: training
is and will remain V-O-L-U-N-T-A-R-Y
for the foreseeable future.

And accident prevention is just one of several pay-offs
which accrue from hydraulics know-how.

For businesses that use hydraulic equipment,
knowledge converts to meaningful cost reduction.

According to Jose Reyes, one of our members from Mexico,
12 months after conducting training for all employees
who work on hydraulic equipment,
operating costs are down by 30%.

For individuals who are exposed to hydraulic equipment at work,
hydraulics know-how opens doors - to opportunity. As this story,
courtesy of Rick Sosnowski from Canada, illustrates:

"My knowledge of hydraulics gave me steady income all summer
even though I was hired as a welder by a bridge building company.
First thing that happened was the crane truck sprung a leak.
I just happened to have the parts and tools so I fixed it.
A few days later the crane truck broke down
with the boom blocking the Trans Canada Highway.
They were in deep do-do.

I live about three minutes away so they called me.
I found the problem in a few minutes (check the easy things first!).
Then their excavator was giving them problems. I fixed that too.
Then the second crane truck broke down and so on.
Each time they paid me a full days pay at my contract welding rate
and added three hours on the day the highway was blocked.
Not bad for twenty minutes work.
My point is that even if you don't work on hydraulics fulltime
it's good to know because they will keep you happy just to have you around.
I didn't ask for the extra money. They just gave it to me.

And even though I was hired as a welder,
it was my hydraulics knowledge
that paid off all my bills.

These days it takes me five minutes
just to put my work boots on
and they still swamp me with work.
I never look for a job."

Air, for so long as there's no legal framework
to make hydraulics know-how compulsory,
the rewards will flow to those who are shrewd enough
to step forward and raise their hand:


Yours for better hydraulics knowledge,

Brendan Casey









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