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September 22
08:47 2014

About 70 Fulton Hogan Hiways employees and sub contractors around Fiji have been trained on the proper way to lift and tow items using the new equipment brought in from New Zealand.

Company Knowledge Transfer manager Danny Poharama and Dave Hurne, the workplace instructor here, from New Zealand were the facilitators of the workshop at the Samabula depot on Friday.

The new equipment is made of high strength nylon fabric straps capable of towing heavy equipment of 25 tonnes and nylon slings that can lift items of five tonnes.

Mr Pohorama said the main reason behind the workshop was to transfer knowledge to their staff and some of their main subcontractors.

The training was divided into two parts. The theoretical where the workers understand the equipment and learn about the process and mechanics of towing and lifting and the practical.

It provided the workers with knowledge and experience to effectively secure a strap for towing or securing a sling for equipment.

“We wanted to transfer knowledge to our staff and subcontractors to adopt safety culture even with the latest methodology and equipment,” he said. “This will be beneficial to our sub contractors business as well.

“Basically the main subcontractors and our employees make up about 70 participants who we have trained so far. But we have about 60 more individuals to roll through for the same training.

“We actually need to gear them up to learn more about the equipment, to use it properly and safely so they can deliver the service especially with heavy items.

It is understood that a lot of money was invested in these equipment brought in  from New Zealand.

“The fact we are going with this particular equipment is in contrast to the equipment that’s been used before it is a lot heavier a lot harder to handle to work with or to use.

“This equipment is not only lighter but easy to use it’s safe to use and it has a larger capacity before the it breaks.

“We have done the training at other depots that includes Rewa, Korovou, Naqali and Taunovo depot. Another two training sessions are yet to go here in Sambula and the northern side as well.”

He added that it was also a chance to inform participants about the risks and mitigate against it.

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