349 drivers from our Solids teams across Australia recently embarked on a cross-training program. The program was started as a business continuity strategy to optimise deployment of staff and ensure consistent service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cleanaway has several types of heavy vehicles for solid waste collection, including side lift, front lift, rear lift, hook lift and RORO (roll-on/roll-off). For training purposes, these are referred to as vehicle ‘platforms’ and each requires a different set of skills to operate safely. This means we have compulsory and specific training for each platform in addition to the national heavy vehicle driver licence held by our drivers.
Side lift vehicles are primarily used for municipal waste collection, so drivers servicing these contracts are generally only trained in that platform. Through the cross-training program, experienced drivers from other sites are being trained to operate side lift vehicles to ensure municipal collections are able to continue even if a site is impacted by COVID-19. The program also involves cross-training drivers in other vehicle platforms in case of change in demand for particular commercial services.
Pictured above is Hilary Gilbert (Branch Instructor, QLD), Jim Davidson (Lead Heavy Vehicle Driver Trainer, QLD) and Colin Pfingst (Front Lift Driver, Northgate). Colin is being trained in side lift compactor operation for the collection of domestic recycling for the Moreton Bay Regional Council contract.
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