Frank's good things

Frank is a Harvesting Crew Supervisor for PF Olsen who always has a good word for those he sees taking initiative. The following are three good things he has seen recently.

Frank’s first good thing

The excavator operator and the stump

While visiting a crew Frank wanted to talk to one of the machine operators but he was not there. His excavator was parked up next to a stump, but there was no sign of the operator. Frank got on with other things and eventually the operator turned up.

“Why’s your machine parked there like that?” Frank asked him.

“I had to go and get a part” he replied.

“So why’s it right next to that stump like that?”

“Three points of contact Frank.”

Good answer from the operator, he had strategically placed the machine next to the low stump, making it easier for him to exit the machine, maintain his three points of contact by providing a solid flat surface at the end of the movement.

Frank’s second good thing

The harvesting crew managing a complex job

Frank is working with a crew on a complex job that involves a power line network owner, traffic control, engineers, and planners. The job needs to be managed carefully and communication is a key element. It is important that all the players understand and work to the prescription and the timeline whilst maintaining a safe work environment for those involved.

Frank is proud of the crew, because they are using their own initiative and taking a lead role in that communication. They are keeping everyone informed of their progress, by calling and sending a summary email. This communication is vital to keep everyone apprised of key points in the operational timeline.

The important message that Frank has for each crew is this “The crew members are the main actors in the show”. This particular crew and many other contractors are stepping forward and taking control of complex jobs and processes. Frank could not be more happy.

Frank’s third good thing

The road-line harvesting crew and the whiteboard

Road-line harvesting crews may not always have a crew container (to meet and have breaks in) – they move along reasonably quickly so establishing and then moving to re-establish a container seems to be expending a lot of energy for not much gain. This can present its own challenges especially as a container is a great facility to display necessary safety information by using a whiteboard. For the crew and visitors alike the whiteboard is a great resource; it displays the work plan and information on various site hazards and risks; is immediately visible and can be modified easily. However, what do you do if you do not have a container wall with your white board permanently attached?

For a road lining crew of four workers, the van is their container. One particular crew have devised a system using bungie cords to put the board up across the back of the seats in the van. It works well for the crew, for visitors, and for Frank who can walk onsite and have all the information he needs right in front of him.