Ads
News service and business centre for materials handlingHOME
Search  
/lynad/news_adclick.asp?assid=18748

18759,18760,18761,18756 19496
Rob Vetter: No excuses
Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 ( #837 ) - BLAINE, WA, United States
Safety First
Rob Vetter
Rob Vetter is technical director and managing partner with the Ives Training Group, in Blaine, WA, USA, a leader in North American mobile equipment training systems since 1981.



Operating a forklift without proper training is hazardous and possibly fatal to operators and other workers. This is a statement of fact that should not be breaking news to anyone reading this; particularly those who operate businesses that use forklifts. Most reasonable-minded people should agree with that and move on, but I am bitterly disappointed to report that, in my experience at least, this is not the case.

Yes, here we are almost 20 years down the road from the implementation of OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training Standard and other equally, if not more stringent, operator-related regulations across the US and Canada, and there are still many who are unaware, resistant or, worse, indifferent toward them.

As a trainer, I am programmed to be patient, approachable and accommodating. However, in the context of this article, I respectfully request your accommodation of my considered opinion on the matter, which is: if you operate a business that uses forklifts and are unaware of, resistant to or indifferent toward operator training regulations in this day and age, then you are incompetent, reckless or criminally negligent. From my perspective, you should relinquish your position to those more capable of and invested in creating and maintaining a safe workplace.

Many regulatory enforcement officers and consultants I have worked with personally over my career would likely take a stance on the matter that goes beyond simple relinquishment of one’s position and skews toward measures that are a lot more punitive. Their reaction to negligent employers often reminds me of a remark a police officer once made to me in relation to drunk drivers. I was graduating from high school and he had come there to give a speech cautioning us grads on the dangers of impaired driving. He said that after all the horrific scenes and tragedies created by impaired drivers that he had witnessed in his time, he had reached the point where he "hated" drunk drivers. If you could have seen the look in his eyes as he spoke the words, as I did, all those years ago, you’d certainly think twice!

Keep in mind that like police officers, regulatory officers investigate fatality scenes that are every bit as horrifying and tragic. I can assure you they have absolutely no sympathy for supervisors, managers or employers who are not "with the program".

Likewise, when training, I find myself having little if any time for those I encounter who choose to argue and rail against not only safety rules and regulations, but it would seem the very concept of doing things safely. It’s just too late in the day to claim ignorance and, frankly, I am no longer willing to put forth the effort needed to mount an argument in favour of safety with anyone that would expend an effort to argue against it.

Don’t misunderstand me. I will happily take the time with a would-be operator or forklift trainer to explain the benefits of safety and hopefully provide the motivation to be safe. But as soon as I get a whiff that operators, trainers or employers think the whole thing is just a big bunch of bull**** (their word, not mine), you lose me as an ally. To them I say, for the sake of your own safety and everyone around you, don’t do it. To operators, that means don’t operate a forklift; to trainers, it means don’t take up training as a vocation; and to employers, it means, well - just don’t.

There are no excuses. It’s time to get with the program, or go away.      
Discuss Forkliftaction.com News stories in the Discussion Forums!
x
separate border
THIS WEEK'S NEWS
Global News

Global News

AUSTRIA Austrian equipment maker PALFINGER is optimistic about the year ahead, ... [more]
GERMANY Terex Corporation reported a strong finish to the year, with ... [more]
UNITED STATES Florida materials handling distributor Jamco has acquired the business activities ... [more]
/lynad/news_adclick.asp?assid=18752
Ads


GERMANY By Allan Leibowitz Materials handling will gain perspective at the ... [more]
Fairchild collects for Goodwill - Menomonee Falls, WI, United States
Commissioner visits Florida Forklift - Tampa, Fl, United States
Hyundai nominated for Foreign Investment Trophy - Flanders, Belgium [more]
CHINA Ocean East International Logistics recently marked the launch of its ... [more]
UNITED KINGDOM Genera Industrial has been appointed as the exclusive dealer for ... [more]
UNITED STATES The Washington State Forklift Rodeo has been cancelled after a ... [more]
UNITED KINGDOM UK training certifier RTITB has launched an Android app which ... [more]
UNITED STATES By Lee Hales Warehouses that are running out of ... [more]
/lynad/news_adclick.asp?assid=18753
Ads


Advertisement
BOLO mirrors take the guesswork out of loading and unloading, allowing drivers to see around the load, making workplaces safer and more efficient.    Developed with the support of the Australian government and winner of a Good Design Award, BOLO is in demand in the US, the world's largest ... [more]
Your Focus

Your Focus(Blog)

Allan Leibowitz has just returned from judging the forklift of ... [more]

Announcements (Ads)

To handle materials quickly, efficiently and at a low cost ... [more]
/lynad/news_adclick.asp?assid=18754
Ads


The HAWKER® FLEX and FLEXPAK Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) ... [more]
Forklift accidents occur all the time but they’re preventable and ... [more]
/lynad/news_adclick.asp?assid=18755
Ads


Meet the next logical step in forklift & pedestrian safety, ... [more]
Come see our Next generation iForks, Pick by Weight, RAVAS ... [more]
/lynad/news_adclick.asp?assid=18762
Ads


The greatest risk to a standup forklift operator is being ... [more]
Batteries from GNB Industrial Power have been selected for the ... [more]
This year, BOLZONI AURAMO and MEYER present a wide portfolio ... [more]
Learn more and register to MHEDA's Sales Management Conference on ... [more]
This year CeMAT will feature another excellent set of forums. ... [more]
Advertisement
  • 6485 Kalmar DRF450-65C5X, YEAR 2006, 45T Laden Reach Stacker, 5-High. View more
  • 6375 Terex CS45KM, YEAR 2011, 45T Laden Reach Stacker 5-High. View more
  • 6356 SMV 4542 TBX5, YEAR 2007, 45T Laden Reach Stacker 5-High. View more
  • 6573 SMV SL28 1200A,   YEAR 2004, 28T Counter Balance Forklift, 3.5 m Lifting height. {statlink|4|View ... [more]
Advertisement
Approximately 40,000 of Forkliftaction members make decisions on  their company's next machinery purchases. This makes our platforms home to those who matter to you most. And you matter to us! Machinery dealers, we can now give you a boost on Forkliftaction.com AND Machinery-onQ.com for {statlink|2|one small and ... [more]
/lynad/news_adclick.asp?assid=18751
Ads


Subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter.
NEWS ARCHIVE | PAST NEWSLETTERS
©2013 Forkliftaction.com - All rights reserved
 
x
©Forkliftaction.com
Forkliftaction Media Pty Ltd
PO Box 1439
Milton QLD 4064
Australia
Contact Forkliftaction.com
About Forkliftaction
The Forkliftaction Team
Privacy Policy
Site Map
Help
Business Directory
Discussion Forums
Industry News
Events Calendar
Jobs & Resumes
Photo Galleries
Blog articles
Our Bloggers

Industry Brands
Company Index
Regions & Countries
Machinery-onQ.com

Advertise on Forkliftaction
Editorial Features / Calendar
Featured Businesses
Past News Editions
Industry Associations
Storing your login information automatically.

When you select the 'Remember me' option, your login information will be stored on your computer in the form of a cookie. When you visit Forkliftaction.com again, the stored login information will be retrieved automatically and you will not have to submit your login parameters (email address and password) each time you want to visit our members-only pages.

A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Cookies do not damage your system.

 Back to Top