Crane simulator takes training to new levels
To enjoy a career as a crane operative takes extensive training and logging hundreds of hours of hands-on practice.
But training on such expensive equipment and in a safety-critical environment like the Hinkley Point C project can be challenging.
This is why the team at Bylor has a crane simulator to train the next generation of crane operatives.
Installed in November 2020 at the Civils Training Centre on site, the simulator is an important part of Bylor’s training and competency assessment plan for lifting team members at Hinkley Point C.
It’s also an important part of our commitment to zero harm when it comes to health and safety on site. It means people can be tested in real-life scenarios without the hazards involved in live situations.
Mark Holmes, Bylor Simulator Trainer and Crane Operative, said: “All the operatives that are new to our site have to come through here to prove their competency, and our existing operatives perform the same tests too. People need 300 hours’ practice in the machines to complete their qualification and they can use the simulator when the weather makes it impossible to use the real tower cranes.”
Other workers who support the crane drivers, such as slinger signallers and crane supervisors, are also being put through realistic scenarios and tested to the limits – all from the safety of the simulator driving seat, using controls that are exactly the same as the real thing.
The slingers get a better, all-round view of the job from both sides, and anyone who feels they might like to train as a crane operative can try it out on the simulator before making the investment to qualify.
Mark added: “This is a valuable resource that’s proved its worth and is also upskilling our crane operatives and lifting team members – many of whom are local people – as well as allowing others to see if it’s a career for them.”
The simulator is an incredibly helpful and serious training tool, and by treating the simulator with the same respect as a real crane, everyone on site gets the maximum benefit from the equipment.