What responsibilities does a project manager or PCBU have?
The main responsibility for approving a grader operator to operate onsite lays with the project manager or PCBU. There are strict Workplace Health and Safety guidelines that must be adhered to to ensure the safety of everyone on site. Also, if there is ever an accident the adherence to these guidelines will be scrutinised to ensure all the guidelines were followed as closely as possible.
The guidelines project managers and PCBU must follow to allow a grader operator onsite are:
- Operators receive adequate information, training, instruction and supervision.
- Operators are competent.
- Equipment is used appropriately to minimise risks to health and safety.
Also, before a grader is used onsite, the PCBU needs to know that an operator knows:
- How to operate the equipment, including the correct use of control measures.
- Who else is authorised to use the equipment.
- Maintenance requirements including safe shutdown, inspection, clean and repair.
What grader operator training solutions are available?
Even though it is not required anymore to undergo formal grader operator training there are a number of courses available for anyone looking to become a grader operator. This training is a great replacement for training by an experienced grader operator if you are unable to receive training that way.
Having a grader operator certificate is also highly regarded on larger projects where project managers and PCBU don’t have time to risk non-certified grader operators. There are a number of grader operator training providers that are also able to certify experienced grader operators. While it may seem unnecessary as an experienced operator, formal training is often a great time to ask questions or learn new skills, as well as providing formal proof of competency.
Wanting to hire a grader?
Now that you’ve worked out if you need a licence to operate a grader, do you need to hire one? At iSeekplant we have a range of grader sizes available to hire across the country from a number of grader hire suppliers. Our grader hire suppliers are also able to hire their grader’s both for wet hire and dry hire, depending on if you need an operator or not. Have a look through our grader hire listings now or give us a call on 1300 691 912 and we can help you find the right grader hire supplier.