After an alarming rate of accidents in the construction industry, the Victorian Government developed ‘No Go Zones’ and safety standards in conjunction with WorkSafe Victoria, unions, electrical companies and industry groups.
During the development of these compliance standards, the Government realised that they also need to train individuals to uphold the new safety rules. This was introduced in the form of a Spotter license, which refers to a person who ensures safety standards by observing the operation of the plant and equipment.
What Does A Spotter Do? The ‘No Go Zones’ that were introduced by the Victorian Government refers to defined distances between overhead powerlines. When work is between 3.0m and 6.4m, a registered spotter is required on the construction site. Specifically, the role of a spotter is to minimise risk of electrocution, contact with pipelines, vicinity to power lines and electrical conductors.
How Can I Become A Spotter? By completing an accredited course and getting a spotter card, you are deemed competent for the task of observing and warning against any risky approaches towards overhead and underground equipment. At Construction Training International, our course is designed to enforce knowledge and experience in these areas:
Identifying when a spotter is needed
Applying no go zone regulations and control measures
Whistle and hand signals
Responding to emergency procedures in the event of an incident
Selecting appropriate PPE
You will also learn skills that will increase your general employability in the construction field, such as evaluating documentation and liaising with plant supervisor.
To undertake an approved spotter training course, you need to have a current Level 2 First Aid Certificate, and a license in the plant or equipment that you want to spot for. You also need to be over 18 years old and competent with the English language in order to meet WorkSafe requirements.
Your performance will be assessed through stimulated activities and responses to specific questions. After completing the course, your spotter’s ticket will be available for 3 years, after which you will need to undergo reaccreditation and a refresher course. Most spotter courses only go for a maximum of one day. At Construction Training International, our accredited course goes for eight hours and costs a one-off-payment of $250.
Safety is considered the most important factor in the construction workplace. As the rate of registered spotters and specialised training courses has only gotten higher, this shows the continuation of our value on occupational safety. The role of a spotter is subsequently a highly valued position at any construction site that involves a level of risk.
The position carries a high level of responsibility, but with ensuring the safety of those around you, also comes a high level of satisfaction.