Mitigating Risks through Training

Safety-bkgBy Nicholas Kyonka, STAC Program Manager

Warren Buffet once said that “risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

I suspect most STAC Members would agree.

STAC, of course, was launched to help mitigate risk in the tower industry by sharing important safety-related information. In essence, we’re working to reduce risk in the industry by educating companies and individuals, by helping them to know what they’re doing.

At the same time, my role as the STAC program manager requires me to steer and sometimes engage in conversations about subjects I know very little about.

Needless to say, I’m doing everything I can to learn about these topics as quickly as possible.

Last week, for example, I was fortunate enough to score a spot in an RF awareness course taught by Dan Renaud, Groupe Telecon’s Senior Health & Safety Advisor, and a founding member of STAC’s steering committee.

Next week, I’ll be going through some online training courses provided to me by Gordon Lyman and Dominique Valdez from eSystem Training Solutions. These include courses on climbing, hoisting and rigging, among others.

While I believe it’s important for me to have a good understanding of the concepts and principles included in these courses, it should go without saying that it’s even more important for the workers in the field to be similarly equipped with the knowledge they need to perform their jobs safely.

And this is something STAC wants to help with.

One thing that STAC would like to do is help connect workers and employers with the training they require. To do this, however, we need to hear from you.

We need to know what type of training you’re looking for and how many people need to be trained. We need to know whether you’re looking for online training or live training in a particular geographic location.

That’s why I’m encouraging all STAC Members to let me know if they are unable to find suitable training seminars on a particular topic.

Because the only other way we can help is to throw together training sessions we believe people just might need – without actually knowing.

And Warren Buffet might then say that we’d be needlessly risking our resources.