Hiring someone to work your construction equipment is incredibly stressful for some. While you have all of the other stresses that come with managing a construction project, when you also have to worry about finding the perfect person to operate heavy, expensive machinery, having some sort of guide to help you through the process can make things easier for you.
Every construction site is home to all sorts of construction equipment. TLBs, trucks, and lifters; all of them require a skilled set of hands at the wheel and sometimes if you are hiring your plant machinery, you might have the option of including an operator as a part of the package. But if you don’t have this option, or if you are looking for someone to operate machinery that you have bought, then it is important that you know how to find that perfect person.
Skills and Experience
While some people might think that an operator does little more than drive a machine, the truth is that it is one of those jobs that require a certain set of skills as well as a fairly decent amount of experience. One or two bad moves can lead to the damage of the machinery or it could even result in the hurt or damage of the operator and those who are working onsite.
Experience means the operator should have worked on a couple of projects in the past. And they should have a couple of references to back them up. The operator should also have some qualification in their field and the correct licensing to be able to do what they say they are able to do.
While you are screening your potential operators, experience and skills are not the only two things to keep in mind. You should also find out if they are able to do the following:
- Can they do easy repairs?
Having an operator who is hands on and able to do those quick and easy repairs when things break is a huge bonus as it will help you save money while also saving you time. Knowing how to do such repairs can only come with experience.
- Are they safety conscious?
Working with heavy machinery will always pose a level of danger but only if the operator is unable to work with the machinery correctly. Since safety is a top concern, you will want to ask them how they approach construction site safety and also if they are familiar with the various industry regulations around safety.
- Are they able to work with a team?
Operators are not the only ones on a construction site and they will need to work alongside others to complete the work that needs to be done. Hiring someone who doesn’t value team work or how doesn’t work well with others can be detrimental to the rest of the work that is to be done.
- Can they maintain equipment?
A good operator should know the equipment so well that they are also able to give the machinery some maintenance when the time comes.
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