Sir, I was greatly encouraged to see the debate on operator training, experience and competence attracting such strong interest (Letters, January 30).
That there are widely differing viewpoints on the matter is hardly surprising and highlights a fundamental point: we still have some way to go in evolving an approach that combines training and experience to deliver demonstrable competence. But let's take encouragement from having made a good start. When we set up our platform operator training scheme at the suggestion of the HSE almost 10 years ago, it was an uphill struggle to persuade users they needed any training at all for their staff.
Now our efforts are being channelled into meeting massive and increasing demand, which later this year will result in the training of our 100,000th platform operator.
We all recognise deficiencies and potential problems in the current approach, yet we in the platform industry are working hard to fit in with the current direction and adapt our scheme as far as possible. A degree of compromise is vital. I do not believe that we can devise and implement a perfect scheme without trial and error.
Paul A Adorian, managing director, IPAF