It has come to my attention in recent months that recruitment agencies around Melbourne are hiring electrical spotters that do not have the correct class to spot that plant machinery and equipment that they are are being sent out on a job site to spot for. This has been happening for years and it is only getting worse as I am told that this happens on a regular basis. I am not sure if they are not aware or the simple fact is they are taking a risk by sending out an incompetent spotter to a work site.
I wish there was a simple solution and it was clearer what spotter can work with what type of plant. The spotter also should know this, but in many cases doesn't want to miss out on that job.
Better education of the site foreman/ supervisor? The competency codes appear on the back of the Spotters' tickets.
I was thinking the same thing, the RTO remind you multiple times in the course for spotting that you can only do spotting for the machines that you are competent (have tickets/licences) for and they mention that if you are a licenced dogman or rigger you simply can spot any machine, but you are right when you say the spotter may know he/she can't spot that machine but will do so in order to get a days work out of it.
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