The Dover is used as a competency measurement tool e.g.: to enhance operator safety, performance and productivity in mining, industrial and transport industries. It does not assess whether or not candidates can actually do their jobs for which they have been trained (i.e.: it does not emulate actual machines used in the industrial field) – rather, it acts as a ‘risk detection and accident reduction tool’ by identifying candidates weak areas in their fundamental skills (which then underlie their training on specific machines) and to correlate people to the specifics of te required job (candidates can receive appropriate training to improve their weak areas). This reduces accident potential, the cost of production losses, losses on equipment etc.
The Dover Explores a multitude of necessary fundamental practical skills, so it is comprehensive e.g.: eye-hand-foot co-ordination, auditory discrimination, visual perception, speed / direction estimation of moving objects, decision-making abilities and concentration levels under monotonous circumstances.
There is no available assessment tool that can completely eliminate ‘human error’, and many other factors can contribute to candidates having accidents – the Dover is very effective in accident reduction (as no industry will ever have accident-free candidate performance).
It is only a part of the selection / assessment / recruitment process and should NOT be used on its own for hiring / retrenching etc – it needs to be used in conjunction with other procedures such as interviews, practical tests etc.