Training is a very important part of safety whether on the road driving a large tractor trailer, in the air as a pilot of a jetliner, or driving a forklift in a busy warehouse. Training facilities put together comprehensive programs to make sure students understand the training in order to keep the public safe. As a trainer myself I can assure you that any good trainer is passionate about making sure their students understand the information given and want participants to be successful in that training environment. With testing practices in place and a benchmark set for completion many students are successful when they complete their training, but that is where the hard part begins.
Recently there was a story about a plane crash and it was reported in addition to mechanical issues the pilots didn’t follow proper training techniques. Many of the accidents on the road can be attributed to driver behaviour on any given day. The best example happened the other day while I was sitting in a local coffee shop.
I was waiting to go into a meeting so I was sitting in my car answering email and other general administration items. A pick up truck backed into the spot beside me and while doing so I noticed a problem. The pickup truck was an older model with the tailgate removed and replaced by a net style allowing me to see the contents in the back. I noticed that there were five pails of product that had flammable labels on the outside of the pails. Three of the pails had bounced to the back and were almost at the back of the truck bed and none of the product had been tied off in any way. As the guys got out of the truck I approached them and suggested that they tie off the pails before they have larger problems to deal with. Explaining that I train in dangerous goods I explained that whether it is dangerous goods or not the product should be secured. With flammable labels easily seen it is an attraction for law enforcement to charge them even if the larger issue of an incident doesn’t occur. The driver admitted that he had taken the training but didn’t bother to follow what he had learned as he associated it with larger transportation modes. I’m betting he wasn’t carrying his dangerous goods card. Dangerous Goods training applies to anyone involved in transporting cargo whether in a tractor trailer or in a pickup truck. The rules apply to everyone.
At the end of the day training only works if it followed and applied. I find many people in my classes feel that training is just a requirement for completion and that the information will automatically enter the brain staying there ready to be used. The truth is that you have to use your training everyday so that it becomes engrained and habitual. When that training becomes habit and safety is part of your normal daily routine then you have successfully completed your training. One step is to learn the information that will keep you safe while out on the road, the next step is to apply it.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years and is the author of the books Driven to Drive, Running By The Mile and is also the host of the Lead Pedal Podcast for professional drivers. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your areas visit www.ttsao.com