Digging In: NAHETS Heavy Equipment Executive Insights

Welcome to the newest addition to the NAHETS blog. As trainers, we have a continual thirst for knowledge and a compulsion to share what we learn. With that in mind, this is the first column in a new series that will highlight industry trends, the latest in training methods, and anything else we find of interest. Enjoy.


Featured Topics: Asking and answering the most important question, and how to save 30% on fuel costs.


Are Your Workers Competent and Qualified?

What a question to start a new blog. But in this day and age of advanced technology and increased risk on complicated work sites, it just might be the single most important question to ask— and answer — about your construction business. In a future blog, we will “dig in” to more specific details and definitions, but for now we suggest you start assessing your workers and make sure you understand how to ensure they are competent and/or qualified. And learn, more importantly, how OSHA defines a worker.

In short, OSHA defines a competent person as one who can identify hazards and has authority to take prompt, corrective measures. A qualified person is one who has a recognized credential of some level and has demonstrated the ability to solve problems related to a project. Check out the official OSHA definitions here.

 “Assumptions are Dangerous”

“Never assume” is an age-old adage, and in our experience, company leaders should never take for granted that their workers are competent and/or qualified. How do you know they are? Do you have systems and training in place that guarantee they are? Or are you relying on the word of a superintendent or some other antiquated way of “guessing”?

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to assess your team. The best advice we can offer is to immediately implement a proven employee assessment method. Our experts at NAHETS help companies do this on a daily basis, but even if you don’t choose us to assist, please find a way to determine the status of your workers and management.

Companies must be transparent, especially when an incident occurs. What will your response be to the difficult questions following an incident or accident? Will you be able to be show clearly that your employees had the proper training and methods in place to guarantee the safest and most effective work site? The answer must be yes.

Volvo Construction Equipment Now Features Up To 30% Gas Savings


All businesses are looking to sharpen financials and improve the bottom line. And due to new technology, the engineers at Volvo Construction Equipment have conducted tests on equipment utilizing the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The tests reveal up to 30% in improved gas efficiently when using certain pieces of Volvo equipment. One area of Volvo technological development is wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) and machine-to-infrastructure (M2I) communication. The new fuel-saving technology and Volvo equipment will be on display at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 Show in Las Vegas or check out this link for more information: http://www.betterroads.com/expo-engineering/


By Jarad Van Wagoner
Director of Development
National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services



Thank you for reading our first Digging In blog.

If you have topic ideas or questions, please feel free to contact me via email: jarad.vanwagoner@nahets.com

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