Utility Solutions Inc. launched their three-phase distribution simulator two years ago and recently released a software upgrade. The Load-Trainer II Transformer Simulator can now simulate more system voltages and transformer configurations, and it includes more troubleshooting modes.
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Safety One is proud to be the first to offer manufacturer-endorsed training for powered ascenders. These devices are making an impact on our industry. It is our mission to make sure workers understand how to be safe and efficient while using them for personal ascending, descending and hoisting of equipment. When new devices are introduced into the workplace, people tend to get excited and come up with creative interpretations about how they can be used. With proper training of device capabilities, limitations and techniques, safety managers can ensure that employee well-being is not overlooked.
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The Edge online training curriculum from Terex Utilities offers a convenient, self-paced training tool for operators seeking to document their understanding of aerial device and digger derrick operation. Each program, which takes six to eight hours to complete, includes an entrance exam to provide a benchmark for the incoming knowledge level of the operator. A quiz follows each learning section, and programs conclude with a final exam. Successful completion requires 85% or better, after which a certificate of completion and wallet card are issued.
The Aerial Device module covers topics such as personal protective equipment, explanation of insulated versus non-insulated devices, inspections, planning the job, understanding platform capacity, controls, lifting loads and basic rigging.
In addition to pre-shift inspections and setup, the Digger Derrick module covers setting outriggers, identifying obstructions, load charts, basic rigging, hand signals, electrical hazards and emergency operations. It also can be used as preparation for NCCCO digger derrick operator certification.
The Edge training materials are not manufacturer specific, so information is applicable to all operators of aerial devices and digger derricks. The cost is $150 per person per module.
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Signing up to access the Altec online learning platform, Sentry Online, is easy and free.
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Injury-free performance of heavy or very heavy job tasks strongly corresponds to an individual’s physical abilities and health habits. Through our Virtual Industrial Athlete Injury Prevention Training series, CIP Solutions Inc. provides your team with the knowledge and skills to avoid on-the-job ergonomic injuries and improve their personal health and wellness. Our modules are presented at a level that is clear and targeted to the audience in attendance. The long-term net result of these efforts is a healthier workforce. Your employees are better educated on soft-tissue injury prevention, and personal issues are less likely to become an exacerbated condition while on the job.
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Utility Solutions Inc. has introduced a new grounding simulator specifically designed for utilities and lineworkers. Following their successful Load-Trainer II Transformer Simulator product, USI has developed a new desktop trainer called the Grounds-Trainer Personal Protective Grounding Simulator that combines hands-on jumper connections with a powerful computer simulation.
Personal protective grounding is a highly complex and often misunderstood subject. Textbooks have difficulty illustrating the effects of a fault on a distribution system. The Grounds-Trainer simulates an overhead distribution system with several variables. Lineworkers can learn the principles of grounding as well as proper work methods, and simulate the effects of a fault at a work site.
Although several industry standards exist for grounding, there is still confusion and misunderstanding as to what occurs during a fault. The variables that affect a work site are difficult to predict and measure. The Grounds-Trainer includes options for many variables, such as system voltages and fault currents, power pole types and distances from a substation, and even the length and type of jumpers used at the work site.
Each jumper connection and variable is displayed on a 7-inch touch screen. The unit includes an HDMI connection, allowing a projector or big screen to display to an entire classroom. Live online demonstrations are available now.
Utility Solutions Inc. www.utilitysolutionsinc.com
Leading Safety Works, a project management safety certification program developed by Crane Industry Services LLC and Okos Partners, now includes innovative behavioral simulation tools.
The program establishes critical, effective, lasting connections between project and people strategies. It is based on a practical 90-day planning system that makes problem-solving immediately effective and replicable. The system helps project leaders and managers identify critical opportunities to change conditions and improve practices on every job site.
Simulations used in the program will be based on actual events rooted in construction or utility applications. The interactive training can be delivered in class, online or by simulator technology.
Crane Industry Services LLC https://centeredonsafety.com
Okos Partners https://okospartners.com
A1A Software LLC has introduced the industry’s first VR simulator for lift planning. 3D Lift Vision enables users to execute a 3D lift plan in VR mode using a virtual reality headset and controls.
There is no limit to the number of people who can engage in 3D Lift Vision, which allows the entire crane and rigging crew to see and practice a lift in the virtual environment, including the crane operator, riggers, signal person and tagline holders.
Because the simulations are based on 3D lift plans, employers can use 3D Lift Vision to evaluate and qualify operators for the crane and application. It’s also a great training tool for operators who need to practice.
3D Lift Vision is an add-on license to 3D Lift Plan subscriptions. Each license comes with one headset. The hardware is compact, portable and wireless, making it easy to deploy anywhere. Communication through the headset allows individuals in different locations to simultaneously engage in the same 3D Lift Vision simulation.
A1A Software LLC www.3dliftplan.com
CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, has announced a new Wheel Loader Simulator Training Pack that includes advanced earthmoving techniques as well as guided learning features for faster skills acquisition.
The training pack introduces guided learning in the form of real-time feedback during exercises on crucial metrics such as distance from objects, traction and terrain height. It also integrates the industry’s only real-time grade quality sensor. The GQS tracks key metrics such as height, slope and standard deviation.
This feedback allows trainees to make the adjustments needed in order to advance their learning more quickly and ultimately develop positive habits that will carry over to the real equipment.
The training pack incorporates the most advanced soil simulation available on the market. This results in highly realistic bucket/ground interactions, which are critical for training operators on how to position the bucket properly and understand the machine’s capacity.
Thanks to this accurate soil simulation, the training pack can teach trainees advanced earthmoving techniques while focusing on efficiency and safety. For example, they can learn how to ensure that the dump truck’s driving path is even and clear of any obstacles that might cause it to tip.
CM Labs Simulations www.cm-labs.com
In 2019, Terex Utilities released or updated more than 50 Tech Tips and service presentations. Some Tech Tips are applicable to specific Terex digger derricks, aerial devices or auger drills, while others address frequently asked questions or common challenges faced by customers. Following are descriptions of just a few of the topics Terex Utilities covered in 2019.
The Hi-Ranger TM Series is a heavy-duty transmission aerial device used by line crews, offering working heights to 125 feet, basket capacities of up to 800 pounds and material-handling capacities of 1,500 pounds. Three of the new Tech Tips released in 2019 provide practical troubleshooting assistance in addition to manuals. Tech Tip #57 explains how to use the manual letdown system; Tech Tip #82 provides guidance on how to set zero on the TM Leveling Controller; and Tech Tip #77 assists in evaluating the cause of top controls not working.
Load Alert, Terex Utilities’ aerial device technology for monitoring jib and platform capacity and boom position, was updated in 2019 with new screen notifications for the operator. Two Tech Tips – #118 and #119 – explain what to do if sensor communication is lost or inaccurate.
Terex’s evolving chassis controller system interfaces between Terex equipment and the OEM chassis computer system for DC pump control, throttle control and remote stop/start. If service personnel need help with programming or want to refer to an easy cheat sheet of fault codes, Tech Tips #78 and #81 are useful.
These and other technical support documents are available online at the Technical Support tab at www.terex.com/utilities, or users can sign up to receive email notifications at www.terex.com/utilities/en/links/preferences.
Terex Utilities www.terex.com/utilities
Designed and built by CM Labs Simulations, Vortex equipment training simulators provide operators with the real-world skills they need to operate equipment safely and efficiently. They are powered by Smart Training Technology that includes an abundance of training recommendations, intelligent information and other actionable data, all leading to the highest level of transferable operator skills outside the real equipment.
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Assess My Team provides easy access to the assessment tools and training you need to ensure your team is working to their full potential. Our tests take fewer than 10 minutes for an individual to complete but provide organizational leaders with a wealth of measurable and actionable profile data.
Each of the five core assessments measures a different yet important core style: behavioral, motivational, thinking, emotional and learning. Used individually or in a variety of combinations, the five core assessments offer individuals and organizations alike the opportunity to enhance self-awareness and boost professional performance beyond anything previously available within the assessment industry – by exploring the whole person.
Whether you want to develop more self-aware leaders, assemble top-performing teams, improve performance, enhance training initiatives or provide benchmarks, the core assessments provide the foundation for dependable human performance answers.
Assess My Team https://assessmyteam.com
SET Solutions offers OSHA 30- and 10-hour Electric Power Comprehensive Safety Compliance courses. These courses are taught by authorized OTI instructors with years of electric power experience. Each course is designed specifically for the electric power industry to provide in-depth training on current electric OSHA standards and to provide specific safety management guidance for both new and existing electric power personnel. A sampling of topics offered in the courses include hazard prevention and control; personal protective equipment; OSHA 1910.269 application; electric flames and arcs; minimum approach distances; grounding for protection of employees; material handling; walking and working surfaces; fall protection; incident investigation; de-energizing lines and equipment; lockout/tagout; confined spaces; excavations; and safety management systems. The 30-hour course is offered twice a year in Lexington, South Carolina, or SET personnel can conduct either course at your company specifically for your personnel and operations.
SET Solutions https://setsolutionsllc.com/electric-power-training/osha-training/
Utilities already know the value of energizing their training yards, but until now they may have been unaware that there is a safe solution. 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 nonlethal current level in your training yard. These voltages allow the trainee to know they made a mistake and trainers to identify training opportunities.
The training unit is designed to energize your yard to full voltage, automatically de-energize in fewer than 60ms with a current threshold of 1.5mA, and measure current changes down to 60 microamps. The unit is incorporated into the training yard and includes an accompanying HMI display that monitors opening times and trip currents, recording the number of shorts and keeping historical track of test records. Tracking this data allows your users to analyze each mistake by each individual for follow-up instruction, develop an overall database that will help you to determine the most common sources of errors, and refine your training curriculum to focus on the problem areas and improve safety outcomes.
Timpson Electrical & Aerial Services http://timpsontraining.com
Altec Sentry operator safety courses teach you to operate Altec units safely. Each aerial and digger derrick includes five free Sentry course uses, making it simple to complete the classroom portion of ANSI general training and familiarization requirements.
To complete your training, a qualified person also must evaluate hands-on proficiency in actual operation. Altec Sentry’s instructor-led training options make that easy. Our instructors can teach you about the safety features, control functions, operating characteristics and inspection requirements for your Altec unit. Ultimately, that helps you avoid accidents and prevent injury and equipment damage.
Our train-the-trainer courses can give your instructors the firsthand knowledge to start training your operators immediately. You'll also get access to our Sentry Online training system to assign courses and view training results.
We can come to your location and train on the equipment your operators use every day. Or, come train with us at our St. Joseph, Missouri, or Birmingham, Alabama, facilities. For cranes, digger derricks, aerials or chippers, there's a flexible scheduling option to fit your training needs.
Altec Sentry www.altecsentry.com