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Safety Corner

Safety Corner is authored by Creative Safety Supply, leaders in Visual Safety™. They strive to help companies create the visual systems they need to keep their employees safe and their spaces compliant, all while keeping Lean manufacturing principles in mind. From forklift safety to OSHA compliance to facility efficiency, Creative Safety Supply offers extensive resources for business owners and facility managers. Explore resources at

Floor marking for facility safety

June 25, 2018

Floor markings are a great option for improving the safety of a facility. When planning to use floor markings, however, it is important to think things through in order to get the best results. There are a number of questions that need to be... Read more about Floor marking for facility safety

A lesson learned the hard way

May 21, 2018

Have you ever heard the saying “A lesson learned the hard way?” That is what comes to mind when I think of a recent accident here in Ohio. In the early morning of the first working day of 2016, a pedestrian was struck, drug a substantial... Read more about A lesson learned the hard way

Using positive reinforcement to promote safe forklift operations

April 24, 2018

As a father, I am constantly looking for ways to motivate my kids. I have found a great motivational tool, which is positive reinforcement. The old saying “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar” seems to be true. I get them working... Read more about Using positive reinforcement to promote safe forklift operations

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