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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

Mandatory training time

May 9, 2017

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

Hit the books!

February 27, 2017

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!

Forklift trainer qualification

February 2, 2017

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