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
I have been looking at some of the online forums regarding training and thought it might be worthwhile to tackle the issue of mandatory training hours for forklift operator certification. First, as a U.S. based trainer, I have not dealt with... Read more about Mandatory training time
Some of you may have played this game as a kid. You have a number of people in a room, the first one starts with a short story and whispers it in the ear of the next person, that person remembers what he/she can and passes it along. The last... Read more about Hit the books!
The subject of who should be teaching the safe operation of forklifts is always a hot one. Before the forklift standard (OSHA 29CFR1910.178) was revised in 1998, OSHA was silent on the issue of forklift trainer’s qualifications. The revised... Read more about Forklift trainer qualification
One of the most challenging issues that companies face with regards to forklift safety is of the inspection checklist. Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not require these checks to be made in writing and has stated this in a letter of... Read more about Forklift safety inspections
You would think that forklift dealerships would be pinnacles of forklift safety, examples for those in the industry to follow. It is fine to think that, but many times that is not the case. Forklift dealers, as a whole, typically have higher... Read more about Safety at forklift dealerships
A famous verse from the bible says “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” Proverbs 13:24. You might ask, “What in the world does that have to do with forklift safety” and my response... Read more about Don’t spare the rod!
...even when they don’t know they have them.
When I started out in the material handling industry years ago, I was very lucky to start out at a dealership with some excellent and patient managers, who took the time to teach and coach... Read more about How to advise your customers they need to make safety changes
Recently, I heard an amazing story. A small, private air transport company was found to be training their pilots in some very unconventional ways. This particular airline was in a competition with many others to stay afloat and every dollar... Read more about Believe it or not?
When I was a kid in the 1970’s, I never worried much about seatbelts or what might happen if I didn’t wear one. When I became a teenager in the 1980’s, it was still not a big deal, since I was used to motorcycles and tractors that... Read more about Forklift seatbelts