The frequency and severity of crane and rigging incidents had been on the rise at JV Driver operations, while at the same time the complexity of the lifts were increasing. Meanwhile clients were becoming more aware of the impact a crane or rigging incident could have on schedules, productivity, and costs.
As early as 2004, the industrial contractor began looking for a solution, but was dissatisfied with the overall quality of training available in the industry. Then in 2012, JV Driver began implementing new thinking to address old problems. Borrowing the principle of “Chronic Unease, a method for achieving situation awareness,” from one of their largest clients, the company engaged its own subject matter experts from within all levels of the organization to tackle the problem.
JV Driver Group trade superintendents systematically evaluated various industry training programs for quality. This included two open enrollment workshops put on by Industrial Training International--Heavy Rigging and Lifting Workshop held in Edmonton, Alberta in June 2013 and Oil Sands Lifting Workshop held in Fort McMurry, Alberta in September 2013.
“Everybody, regardless of trade background, agreed that we had finally found the training that we were looking for,” said Vawn Jeddry, VP Health, Safety and Environment for JV Driver Group. “Without exception, ITI was a true partner with us. They helped us identify trainers from within our organization that had the right skills, values, and shared the safety culture beliefs. We selected trainers from structural, mechanical, piping, and hoisting divisions who could then teach their people based on the expertise provided by ITI,” she said.
JV Driver’s evaluation of ITI as a training partner concluded:
According to Jeddry their partnership with ITI evolved from providing basic rigger and overhead crane operator training, to engaging both supervisors and trades people in master rigger and heavy lift supervisor courses. “This is one of the finer examples of craft and crew engagement that I’ve ever seen,” she said. In all more than 800 workers participated in training.
Today, JV Driver’s craft workers and supervisors report greater confidence in their work.