Supplier of lifting and rigging equipment as well as marine and offshore mooring Anchor Industries is focused on the training and development of its staff and clients.
Anchor Industries MD Dale Hutcheson says that, despite positive company growth over the last five years, the company’s offshore and marine services sector has been relatively quiet as a result of the recession. He says that the company is taking advantage of this quiet period to train employees and clients on the importance of safety and product standards.
“Training is an aspect that is neglected in the lifting and rigging industry. It is vitally important to maintain the standards of safety in the industry. When a load is being lifted, you are potentially putting someone’s life at risk and, for this reason, operators need to know what they are doing,” he says.
He adds that there is a lot of misinfor-mation in the lifting and rigging industry, as corporate products can be similar in nature, which results in it being difficult to differentiate one company product from another.
As a result, many consumers are sold a product of inferior quality under the misconception of it being a product of superior quality. Hutcheson says that certain dangers arise when a product is used incorrectly. The company is trying to counteract this by educating its clients and employees.
The end-user is trained on how to identify potential problems with the lifting equipment. A competence certificate is awarded to the client when the training is completed.
“A 360˚ approach has been formulated, whereby Anchor Industries is able to offer clients training, inspection and lifting register completion services, as well as replacement products to ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act,” says Hutcheson.
Further, he says that it is essential that the sales team have an intimate knowledge of the company’s products, including the maximum allowable operating ranges and required markings. To this end, South African National Standards training is provided for all sales staff.
Hutcheson explains that, to further enhance safety and standards, the company’s products undergo independent break testing on a regular basis at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s testing facility. The company’s 200-t testing facility, in Cape Town, is also used for break and proof testing.
Anchor Industries is able to supply anchors, chains, wire and fibre ropes, shackles, sockets, sling sets and all associated fittings. Further, it provides services such as testing, repair, recertification, on-site socketing and the spooling of steel wire rope.