I am a big fan of the old logbook system, they used to be the way training was done with hours recorded in a log book for work done on site under a ticketed competent person. After building up a decent record of training the learner could contact an approved WorkCover assessor and attempt to get his license, getting tested both on the practical operation and checks as well as the theory questions. This system was done away with and now logbooks are just a memory, which I think is unfortunate.
Seeing a need for a record of operator experience and operator training in the crane industry, Michael Brown has developed The Brown Book. This is a hard cover logbook that will store years of operator training and work experience and can be shown to perspective employers as proof that an operator can walk the talk and has the competency to do the job. There is also available a USB card that plugs into your computer, allowing to create and share a digital copy of your records.
The hard copy book has a plastic cover and is designed to handle rough treatment, the USB card is the size of a credit card, they are priced fairly in my opinion at $29.95 and $39.95.
I am hoping that as the brown book becomes more well known, employers will seek out logs from potential employers and this will help make hiring a much easier process
Exert from Brownbook website sums up the problem in the industry. Its a problem not only for the employer but also for good operators who often go overlooked by the HR boffins that go for the best resume not the best operator.
The Plant and Machinery Log Book came from a problem Michael Brown observed in 2008 while doing work for a contractor on the Darling Walk project in Sydney. To help with the project Michael needed crane and excavator operators. So he advertised in the newspaper and received a host of CV'S, some with great detail and some very basic. It was almost impossible to really know from the information provided, which if any of the applicants could operate the crane. It was also extremely difficult to verify the work experience the applicants claimed to have, with only a mobile phone number to call as a reference
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