Two PG Bison Woodline timber treatment plant operators and a supervisor have received certificates of compliance with industry standards after undertaking training by Dolphin Bay.
“We are delighted to have been able to add value to PG Bison Woodline by ensuring that their operators have the required skills to treat timber to specification,” says Dolphin Bay MD Bertus Coetzee. “This is in line with our philosophy that we don’t just sell products. We add value through support and service.”
PG Bison Woodline General Manager Pierre la Grange testifies to this by recalling an occasion a few years ago when he suddenly found himself without operators for a short period, and Dolphin Bay sent in members of its own staff to help out with timber treatment. “We’ve had a long relationship with Dolphin Bay, and they’ve always gone the extra mile. It’s a family kind of relationship.”
Based in Great Brak River near Mossel Bay, PG Bison Woodline employs some 170 people and supplies treated poles to utilities, the agriculture, viticulture and construction industries, and the DIY market.
Training of the supervisor and operators covered:
· Testing of treatment solution concentration to ensure that the correct amount is pressurised into timber for a certain hazard class;
· Adjusting treatment solutions in cases where the solution strength needs to be adjusted for a certain hazard class;
· Plant operating instructions to ensure safe and correct ways to operate a treatment plant; and
· Treatment trouble shooting. This is a guideline to help operators in cases of difficulty. The guideline helps operators to adjust the sequences during the treatment process if the correct treatment solution retention and penetration is not achieved.
Dolphin Bay Senior Technical Advisor Gareth Jantjies, who undertook the training, says the supervisor and two operators were exceptionally positive about the experience. “They said the training will help them to improve the quality of their work, and they viewed it as an important building block in developing their careers.”