Nearly 40 attendees from around the world recently attended Terex Utilities’ 35th annual Hands On Training seminar at its facilities in Watertown, S.D., August 19-21. The 3-day event provided essential training to customers and distributors on safe and effective operation and application best practices of Terex utility equipment, including digger derricks, aerial devices and auger drills.
“Each year, Hands On Training participants gain valuable training, as well as an understanding of work methods and safety procedures, on Terex equipment to meet the most current jobsite requirements and industry standards,” says Francis Strohfus, training and technical support manager, Terex Utilities. “Whether an attendee’s job is behind a desk or working around energized power lines, our Hands On Training program provides valuable experience with the equipment to increase productivity later in the field. Attendees include a variety of job titles and functions, including fleet managers and engineers, safety managers and administrators, project supervisors, shop managers, technicians and mechanics, and linemen.”
The 2013 Hands On Training event gave attendees the opportunity to rotate through six different stations at Terex Utilities’ outdoor training facility. Participants at each station operated the equipment and performed actual jobs under direct supervision of Terex trainers. In addition, the trainers demonstrated other operations and procedures not covered at the stations, including pole removal techniques, multi-parting winch line lifting and proper equipment set-up. This year’s event included two digger derrick stations, a transmission station, top controls/ screw anchors, personnel lift and putting a unit in-service, material handling aerials and finally, plant tours.
In addition to these in-person training events, customers can request customized training at their own facilities or take advantage of The Edge, Terex Utilities’ online training university.