NAHETS Awarded “Approved Content Provider” for www.howstuffworks.com
Posted by nahetsblog on June 28, 2007
The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools NAHETS, has become an approved video training publisher with the
popular website www.howstuffworks.com.
Matt Klabacka, NAHETS President states, “This is a major milestone for NAHETS to achieve the status of “training content provider” for one of the Internets most popular self-help websites.”
HowStuffWorks is the leading source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works. Founded by North Carolina State University Professor Marshall Brain in 1998, the site has since grown to be an award-winning online resource for millions of people of all ages.
NAHETS curriculum development department and internet video department, in conjunction with yellow metal tv, have created a series of heavy equipment training videos entitled, “Yellow Metal Boot Camp.”
The skid steer series represents the first of many training videos that NAHETS and Yellow Metal Boot Camp will produce, and includes live footage and 3-D animation. Each series begins with a “Safety First” component emphasizing the importance of safe operation of the equipment. NAHETS will publish, and disseminate these into the web 2.0 environment.
Klabacka says, “NAHETS is focused on a long term strategy in providing quality, publicly
available, heavy equipment specific, instructional material in a rich media environment.”
According to Klabacka, “heavy equipment instruction, which is made available to the public, can improve the results obtained through the equipment’s use, increase the longevity of the machines, reduce property damage and accidents, and, most importantly, help to cut down
on the number of injuries and even save lives.”
Heavy equipment accidents are common and many are preventable. After watching the Yellow Metal Boot Camp Skid Steer Safety module, Klabacka stated “Every skid steer rented in the country should come with this basic safety video.”
“Equipment rental companies across the country are renting hundreds
of skid steers every day and many of the operators are clueless on safety matters regarding this very useful, yet potentially dangerous piece of heavy equipment.”
Chris Cannon, NAHETS Director of Curriculum Development says, “skid
steer loaders are not ‘lawn tractors.’ Many weigh as much as a car and have more power, pound for pound, than their larger cousins on the heavy equipment line-up. These small machines warrant a healthy respect. We will start to see an increase in small equipment being used as contractors realize how they can improve production and profits as the size of residential real-estate continues to shrink and the ‘do-it-yourselfer’ launches out into various projects; often without receiving more than a few minutes of training! These machines have come a long way since their invention in 1957 when they were just being used on a farm. More and more, the cost to own, transport, and operate a skid steer with its incredible versatility and the availability of many work tools is making it the obvious machine of choice for many contractors and rental fleets.
The ‘Yellow Metal Boot Camp’ Video training is far superior to a
simple instructional manual, pamphlet, or 5 minutes of instruction from a rental clerk or co-worker. Nothing takes the place of seat-time and professional hands on training by a qualified instructor; but in the absence of that, nothing comes close to these videos. They are professionally produced, high quality, and very engaging unlike many traditional training videos which tend to be rather boring. These videos have been “kicked up a notch.” They have great music, eye catching graphics, 3-D animation, and have more of the look and feel of an adventure; yet they still deliver expert advice, techniques, and emphasize safety as the number one priority. Making this valuable resource available to the public is a mandate that we, at NAHETS, feel very strongly about.”