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Save lives by enforcing safety rules

April 9, 2018

Let me start by asking a question. How many of you would always drive the speed limit if enforcement by the police was non-existent? This is the state of enforcement for forklift rules and regulations in many workplaces.

Many... Read more about Save lives by enforcing safety rules

Removal of forklift safety devices

February 21, 2018

I was recently asked about backup alarms. The question was “Do we have to use them and can they be moved to a new location on the lift?” The question got me thinking and I decided to check my thoughts with some other sources. What I found... Read more about Removal of forklift safety devices

Pre-shift inspections

January 31, 2018

OHSA states “Industrial trucks shall be examined before being placed in service, and shall not be placed in service if the examination shows any condition adversely affecting the safety of the vehicle. Such examination shall be made at least... Read more about Pre-shift inspections

Protecting visiting pedestrians

December 21, 2017

The definition of pedestrian from the dictionary is “somebody who is traveling on foot, especially in an area also used by vehicles.” Basically, anyone that is not riding on something is considered a pedestrian, so that is pretty simple. As... Read more about Protecting visiting pedestrians

Practice operation is not a step that can be skipped

October 30, 2017

No matter what country you reside in or what vehicle you operate, there are some universal parts to any vehicle safety training. These parts are not difficult to complete, but they must all be done well and taken seriously.

Safety is a choice

September 25, 2017

The longer I live, the more forklift safety classes I teach and the more accidents I see; I have come to realize that safety is a series of choices. We literally face hundreds or even thousands of different choices every day of our lives and... Read more about Safety is a choice

Compliant forklift training requires doing your homework

August 22, 2017

I recently received a phone call that really got me thinking. A small customer of ours was getting ready to do some training and their purchasing people were forcing them to use another training supplier. When I probed to find out if we had... Read more about Compliant forklift training requires doing your homework

Material handling hazards in the workplace

June 21, 2017

Prior to conducting ALL onsite forklift training classes, our company conducts a site inspection; which looks at the customer’s forklifts, application, loads and many other areas. We also make general observations and recommendations, as well... Read more about Material handling hazards in the workplace

Pedestrian safety

May 23, 2017

Companies across the world spend many millions of dollars to train their forklift operators, but how many train the people that work around forklifts? Only a small number of companies do any pedestrian training and the majority of those do it... Read more about Pedestrian safety

Real people can get lost in the statistics

May 10, 2017

In both the material handling world and the safety world, we can get caught up in tons of statistics. When you watch the news on TV, listen to the radio or read an article you see so many stats that you become almost numb to them. This was... Read more about Real people can get lost in the statistics

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