Words from the IACDS President: Training saves lives and prevents injuries

Published 10/5, 2021 at 11:06

On a sunny Saturday in April, a fatal accident occurred during non-static demolition work on a construction site on which we were entrusted with the core drilling and sawing work.

A young man tore down a 4m high brick wall under cramped conditions according to the following principle: ‘I will make a hole below and if the wall collapses I will run away’. It goes without saying that this cannot go well. The fact that the consequences are so tragic is of course more than regrettable, and above all, so avoidable. I have thought a lot about it since I found out about this accident, but one question that concerns me is this: how do you come up with such an idea? I've also thought about this a lot and always come to the same conclusion: there is a lack of training. Sound training is important and is the alpha and omega of sensible and, above all, safe work.

Folks, what we do, every day, are often tasks so dangerous that I cannot emphasise the need for training enough: do an apprenticeship, do your training and then you do your job professionally. Bosses, send your operators to be trained properly and you will get employees who perform well on the job site! I'm sorry, but I just had to get rid of that.

Although the number of vaccinations is now increasing, even here in Europe, an end to the travel restrictions is not in sight at this point in time. In this context, the news that bauma will be postponed from April 2022 to October 2022 is a good news as it gives us reasonable hope that we can all meet again at the bauma in Munich during October 2022. The bad news: the Oktoberfest will certainly not take place at the same time.

Please stay safe and get your vaccination!

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