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Product training protects your people and your investment

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Whether you’re working with a manhole system or a box culvert, infrastructure installation jobs take a lot of time, money and labor. With a big investment on the line, it’s important for your team to understand how each piece of the puzzle fits together.

When you’re installing specialty products with unique features, training helps you understand their quirks. Hamilton Kent’s training programs also aim to give your workers general installation knowledge to familiarize them with the core processes.

Aside from the obvious reasons — making installation go smoothly and efficiently — why should you get product training? Take a look at these four scenarios to see how training protects your workers and your infrastructure investments.

1) Reduce the risk of injury

The most critical aspect of product training involves keeping contractors safe on the jobsite. To move and install new systems safely, workers should be aware of product-specific features that may impact the installation process.

The Lifespan® System, for example, uses an alignment system called SHURE-LOK™ to help align and lock the manhole cover to the frame. It also has pick holes on either side, allowing workers to carry it more easily. To avoid back injuries, pinch points and other potential safety issues, your workers need to know the proper installation tools and techniques for features like these.

2) Avoid damaged product

Products have different requirements when it comes to transporting, carrying and eventually installing them, and the wrong approach can sometimes lead to injury or product damage.

Let’s say you want to home two concrete box culverts or pipes together. If this step is done incorrectly, the bells can crack, which prevents the system from installing correctly and creates an infiltration point for water to seep in.

If the culvert or pipe takes significant damage, it may need to be replaced completely. This can cause costly project delays as the replacement is built and arrangements are made to transport the new product.

3) Increase the product’s longevity

This one’s pretty simple: if you install a product correctly from the get-go, you’re less likely to have to come back for repairs later down the line.

For example, the Lifespan® System must be installed a quarter inch to a half inch below grade. If the cover sits too high above the ground, it may be hit by snow ploughs or other vehicles with parts that hang low to the ground. Events like that could damage the manhole frame or hit the bolts, making it necessary to repair the product as soon as possible.

4) Prevent system failures

No one likes the idea of spending money, time and effort to install a product that doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. To use the Lifespan® System example again, workers must follow certain mandatory steps to make sure the product stays watertight.

If installers forget to bolt down the structure or use butyl sealant between layers, they risk creating infiltration points where water can leak into the system — and effectively defeat the purpose of a watertight manhole system.

Get training from a trusted source

Hamilton Kent offers product training in four areas: Lifespan® System installation, gasketed box culvert installation with Tylox® SuperSeal™, external joint testing, and Lifespan® System care and maintenance.

Click through to register or give us a call if you have any questions.