The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced an industry-first virtual reality (VR) simulator to better prepare horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators for safe underground construction through cutting-edge training technology.
As the industry’s first simulator utilizing VR technology, it provides both novice and experienced HDD operators with a 360-degree view of a realistic job site – simulating a variety of soil conditions and installation applications so operators can learn how the drill reacts. Through a series of lessons that increase in difficulty, operators are evaluated and educated on machine functions, product location, damage prevention, extended bend radius and steering. The program emphasizes damage prevention by requiring operators to preplan, set up equipment correctly and test protective systems.
The full VR simulator kit includes a portable operator station, joystick, dongle, lead motion detector sensor and VR goggles. To truly simulate a real job site experience, the equipment is configured to replicate what operators see and feel, leveraging the same joysticks found on Ditch Witch HDD equipment.
Ditch Witch www.ditchwitch.com/training
Sospes safety management software makes it easy for you and your workers to conduct inspections; report workplace incidents, near misses and hazards of all types; perform detailed incident investigations; manage corrective actions; and build a workplace safety culture focused on prevention.
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Altec Sentry offers OSHA- and ANSI-compliant operator training courses online with 24/7 access from any computer, tablet or mobile device. Altec Sentry Online includes more than 80 online courses for cranes, aerial devices, digger derricks and chippers. Through a simple dashboard and storefront, operators can receive ANSI- and OSHA-compliant General Training and Familiarization without the need for traditional classroom sessions. With Sentry Online, you can get required training and a completion record while you’re at home or the job site, without tying up company instructors or training rooms. Easy access to courses and results helps you build and manage a consistent training program, even if you have many different Altec units. Altec Sentry provides industry-leading training to match Altec’s industry-leading equipment. Sentry Online is one more way we’re making it easier for you to train and qualify your operators.
For nearly 20 years, Altec Sentry has helped employers train and certify Altec equipment operators on safe and proper operation. Altec Sentry offers online training, on-site Sentry instructor-led courses and train the trainer programs to help you comply with OSHA, ANSI and ASME requirements.
Altec Sentry www.altec.com/safety
Utility Solutions Inc. has a new three-phase distribution simulator specifically designed to teach transformer banking to lineworkers. The updated Load-Trainer II Transformer Simulator combines a physical wiring environment with powerful computer simulation. The new one-piece design is very portable and weighs just 16 pounds. Several new features came directly from training professionals who use the Load-Trainer in their classrooms.
While most houses receive electricity from a single transformer, larger facilities use three-phase power, which requires banking multiple transformers. Lineworkers must have specialized training in order to build and maintain transformer banks on today's modern power grid.
The new Load-Trainer II allows an instructor to control each of the three transformer simulators via a 7-inch touchscreen or by using the wireless mouse, which comes standard.
Another feature of the Load-Trainer II is the HDMI connection, allowing a projector or big screen to display demonstrations to a whole classroom.
Utility Solutions Inc. is targeting lineworker schools, utilities and contractors that service overhead distribution systems. Demo units currently are traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Utility Solutions Inc. www.utilitysolutionsinc.com
The award-winning Train the Trainer (TTT) Program from e-Hazard is specially designed to prepare qualified trainers to deliver instruction to others based on safety requirements from NFPA 70E, OSHA and/or NESC. Our TTT format and all teaching materials are based on best practices from a professional adult education specialist. Through group discussion, demonstration of teaching techniques and hands-on application, attendees receive a comprehensive understanding of the materials and extensive teacher and peer evaluations of their own instruction.
3DInternet is a leading developer of interactive computer-based and virtual reality training simulations. The company’s Tabletop Simulator for Electric Utilities allows users to create custom overhead transmission and distribution scenes.
Completed scenes can be used for pre-job briefings and tailboards, safety meetings, group instruction, and accident reconstruction and investigation.
Users create scenes by dragging and dropping items, such as trucks or other vehicles; power poles and towers; live-line equipment, grounding cables, ladders and tools; people or workers in different poses and positions; and personal protective equipment. Items in the scenes are positioned and rotated into specific areas. Unique worksite scenarios can be created based on the utility’s needs, specifications, procedures and regulations.
Other key features of the Tabletop Simulator include the ability to add and customize attachments, such as cover-up, switches and jumpers; add minimum approach distances, limits of approach and reach distances; save and print images; share scenes with other users; and display accurate distance measurements between objects. The Tabletop Simulator also can include your utility’s specific requirements.
Alexander Publications has the industry's most complete collection of books, manuals and videos to train lineworkers, meter technicians, substation builders and operators, and T&D engineers.
Visit www.alexanderpublications.com for details on more than 500 manuals, videos – DVDs and streaming online – and downloadable safety topic sheets. Also on the website: Hotline Club members can watch more than 200 full-length training videos and learn from the industry's largest Q&A database – Ask Mr. Hotwire – all for only $19 per month.
Alexander Publications does not do soft skills or sell canned training programs. It focuses on top-quality technical training materials. Instructors choose what they want to fit their individual training needs.
Alexander Publications’ books and videos are used throughout the U.S. and Canada at more than 10,000 locations. Users include large and small utilities, IBEW lineworker training centers, community colleges, co-op statewide organizations and motivated individuals.
Alexander Publications www.alexanderpublications.com
OSHA Safety Compliance by PIXO VR is a groundbreaking virtual reality training tool with applications for instruction, practice and qualification. Our hands-on, 3D, active learning environment teaches and reinforces better than any classroom exercise or online course.
Trainees are fully immersed in a 360-degree virtual world just like the real one but without the cost or physical danger. There they explore photo-realistic workspaces featuring real-world sights and sounds.
In SafetySweep, trainees are exposed to millions of randomized scenarios, identifying potential OSHA violations such as faulty equipment, improper storage of hazardous materials or even fellow employees who may not be compliant. After finding a violation, trainees recommend fixes from a list of corrective actions. Answers are reflected in their scores, providing visibility into what they know and what they need to work on.
OSHA Safety Compliance offers multiuser functionality for team learning, collaboration and even competition, and can be run with or without an instructor present.
For companies looking to train the next-generation workforce, improve current employee performance and create a culture of safety, there is no better solution than OSHA Safety Compliance Training from PIXO VR.
PIXO VR http://pixovr.com
Crane Industry Services, based in Carrollton, Georgia, provides safety and operation training for companies serving energy, manufacturing and utility markets. Programs are designed to assess relevant job-specific skills and knowledge to improve safety and productivity. At the core of their services are training, qualification and NCCER certification of crane operators and rigging crews. In addition, the company has announced two new programs.
Site Supervision & Safety for Crane & Rigging Operations teaches participants when crane owners, site managers, lift directors and supervisors assume compliance accountability. Site safety is fundamental to prevent injury, run efficient operations and achieve the best in productivity. Site management objectives focus on how to prepare for and maintain safe, compliant, efficient job sites.
The Leadership Initiative Workshop provides teams with tools to create actionable results for lowering costs of operations and reducing accidents. The program combines both people and business strategies so that superintendents, project managers, supervisors and crew foremen understand the part their work plays in their company’s strategic and operating plans.
Crane Industry Services http://centeredonsafety.com
Risk reduction starts with effective training. Two of the three founders of Timpson Electrical & Aerial Services LLC are journeymen linemen and training specialists who have found that injury/fatality rates can be reduced when trainees experience the risks associated with high-voltage work firsthand. The Timpson High Voltage Training Unit provides a way to allow real energized high voltages to be applied to aerial and underground primaries at a non-lethal current level in your training yard.
The unit is designed to energize your yard to full voltage; automatically de-energize when tripped by a trainee; de-energize in fewer than 60ms with a current threshold of 1.5mA; sound an audible horn; and measure current changes down to 60 microamps.
The accompanying HMI display can monitor opening times and trip currents, record the number of shorts and keep historical track of test records. Subsequent data analysis can help you determine where you should focus to improve the overall effectiveness of your training program. This allows you to get hands-on training, with trainees experiencing the danger and stress of high-voltage work with no actual physical risk, while the trainers monitor everyone objectively. The unit is capable of energizing transformers, transformer banks and other yard equipment, so you can have multiple people training at the same time on different tasks, increasing efficiency and thoroughness of the training yard.
Timpson Electrical & Aerial Services LLC www.timpsontraining.com
Operating a successful workplace hearing conservation program is just one of many challenging tasks health and safety managers face. Each day, they must enforce all applicable rules and regulations while providing the right equipment, training and support for their noise-exposed workforce. To help make this task easier, 3M Personal Safety Division has launched a new online resource, the 3M Center for Hearing Conservation. Safety managers can find articles and details about the seven elements of a hearing loss prevention program, as well as helpful videos, toolkits, fast facts and more.
Created by 3M audiologists and occupational health and safety specialists, the 3M Center for Hearing Conservation can help companies as they work to ensure that legal requirements are met and that workers remain engaged and motivated.
T&D PowerSkills is a comprehensive video- and workbook-based lineworker training program that focuses on safety-related work practices that lineworkers need to know. All T&D PowerSkills course units are arranged in a comprehensive curriculum. The curriculum is divided into 78 units that represent major components of lineworker career tracks. Important fundamentals are covered in Maintenance Basics, such as electrical safety and basic climbing skills, moving on to more advanced topics in Overhead Distribution, such as pole-top equipment replacement and transformer troubleshooting. Specialized training is offered in Underground, Transmission and Substations.
Each course unit includes one DVD or online access to the video via computer or mobile device, one instructor’s guide and one student workbook. Customization for site-specific training is available upon request. Single courses, group packs or the entire program can be purchased.
T&D PowerSkills www.tdpowerskills.com
Crane Industry Services LLC offers lineworker, supervisor and emergency management training for utility and construction crews working in electrical utility applications.
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