Fall 2004 IVES Update Newsletter

We'll be covering: Just What the Doctor Ordered. A question on new hire forklift operators. WA State Forklift Rodeo details. Our first ever IVES-produced video. Accident reports and more!

In this Fall 2004 IVES Update Newsletter edition covers “Training: Just What the Doctor Ordered”, a question on new hire forklift operators, WA State Forklift Rodeo details, our first ever IVES-produced video, accident reports and more!

Training: Just What the Doctor Ordered

If there were a pill available that could significantly enhance the operational efficiency and financial performance of your business, would you take it?

Most of us probably would, as long as we knew what we were taking and why. You would likely want to know things like, what is this pill called? Are there any harmful side effects? How many do I need to take and for how long? And most of all, how much will it cost? All good questions, but before we answer them, let’s consider a few things.

This pill will reduce property, product and equipment damage. That means less bent racks, broken conveyers, smashed fixtures, rejected merchandise, tagged-out equipment and general down-time. It will also reduce personal injury incidents and claims, which means insurance costs will go down.

The pill is going to contribute to enhancing the company’s regulatory compliance. That might keep a few bucks in your pocket that may otherwise be paid out in assessments from regulatory authorities. And let’s not forget about legal liability. In worst-case scenarios, the pill will limit your legal liability in the event of litigation.

The pill will also increase the efficiency of everyone that takes it and boost the production of that most valued commodity: profit. It will increase the morale of the crew and may even impress your customers.

Now for the answers to the questions posed earlier. First, you asked how much should be taken? Everybody needs to take it at least once, although it may not have the desired effect on some people right away. Your supervisors will need to take the pill too. The pill will enable them to recognize the telltale signs that will indicate who needs to take more. However, as time goes by, everyone will need less and less. Then there was the question of cost. The cost of the pill is variable and should be considered as an investment in light of the potential increase in the company’s profit margin.

Are there any harmful side effects? No, not as long as the pills are taken regularly and consistently as needed.

Warning! The pill must be administered by qualified personnel and supported by ongoing supervision. The name of this particular pill is generally known as training. Try some. It’s good for you, your colleagues, your business, and your profits.

Rob Vetter, Managing Partner
Ives Training Group

Ask Bob

Hi Bob,
We have just hired an individual at our company to operate our forklift. He has proof that his previous employer has trained him. What are we required to do to make sure we are complying with the regulations?

Dear Bill,
First of all, make sure that the documentation verifies that his previous training is appropriate for the work being done at your site. This person may have been trained to operate a forklift, but it may have been a different type of forklift and/or a different application. If this is the case, he will need to be brought up to speed (trained) on the ins and outs of your worksite and possibly your equipment as well.

Finally, you will need to evaluate this person on your site using the same type of equipment that he will be operating. All of this training (if needed) and evaluating must be done by someone with the knowledge, training and experience to train operators and evaluate their competence.
I hope that helps,

The First Ives-produced Video!

We are very proud of our newest product: the Point of View – Counterbalanced Forklift Operator video. See things from the operator’s position in this slick, fast-paced video that gives the viewer a glimpse of the world from the seat of a working counterbalanced forklift. Point of View exposes some of the most common hazards encountered by forklift operators within a typical warehouse environment. Examine hazards such as blind corners, pedestrian traffic, obstructed view, elevating loads, and many more using an interesting mix of innovative footage, computer animation and expert narration.

Point of View will make a valuable contribution to any counterbalanced forklift operator training program. POV will be available this October at a special introductory price. Contact Ives at 1-800-643-1144 or visit our website at www.ivestraining.com for more details.

Accident Report


A worker was removing an inflated tire and multi-piece rim assembly when the air pressure in the tire blew the rim apart, killing the worker. Although the worker had a copy of the service manual, it did not contain a revised page with a warning to deflate the tire before removing the tire and rim assembly from the machine.


A worker on a self-propelled scissor lift was installing bolts to connect two large overhead steel beams. The platform controls were not protected against inadvertent operation. The worker inadvertently activated the lever for controlling elevation. The platform elevated. The worker was pushed firmly onto the control lever when he was caught between an overhead beam and the elevating platform’s guardrail. The platform continued to rise, fatally crushing the worker.

Western Regional Forklift Rodeo

The Western Regional Forklift Rodeo was held at Boeing’s Oxbow facility in Duwanish, WA — and what a success it was! A whopping 28 operators showed up and put forth their best effort in navigating the extremely tight precision driving course while transporting loads of varying dimensions.

The corporate sponsors of the event really stepped up to the plate, treating contestants and spectators to some great equipment displays, door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and free BBQ’d burgers and hot dogs! A good time was had by all, and thanks to the hard work of the Governor’s Safety and Health Advisory Board, the many volunteers and the corporate sponsors (especially Boeing), the event was a great success.

The Ives Training System

The Ives Training System is based on the philosophy that, “Any job worth doing, is worth doing right.” Doing it right when it comes to equipment-operator training is critical because if we don’t, people could be killed.

The Ives Training System begins with the instructor. Instructors must have the required knowledge of the work at hand and the skills to put that knowledge to use. Next, instructors must have the tools and materials to build and maintain effective training programs. Finally, instructors must receive ongoing support in all phases of their training, be it technical, administrative, or motivational.

The Ives Training System provides all the necessary components to do it right. We provide the knowledge and skills in the form of our instructor “Train the Trainer” programs. We provide tools in the form of accurate up-to-date certification and re-certification materials, and equipment-related training aids. We believe a support system is vital to the success of those we train. Our support system has been developed to include toll-free assistance for urgent technical or administrative questions, on-line technical support from “Bob”, information updates via the Ives Update newsletter, and our free TrainTrak™ operator re-certification reminder system.

What’s Your Instructor IQ?

Test your knowledge by answering the following:

  1. If a front-end loader is fitted with forks, is it then considered a forklift?

  2. Where is it written that a site inspection must be carried out before operating an aerial lift?

Check out the next edition of the Ives Update for the answers. Good luck!

Answers to “What’s Your Instructor IQ” (Summer Edition 2004)

  1. Where is it written that a powered industrial truck must have a horn?

    ASME Standards B56.1 – 2000 4.15.1 and 7.33.1

  2. Is it acceptable to anchor a personal fall arrest system to the guardrails of a scissor lift?

    No, a fall arrest system must tie off at an anchor point located on the platform.

  3. How often do the forks of a rough terrain forklift have to be inspected?

    According to ASME B56.6 – 2002: – 7.2.15(a) Forks shall be inspected at intervals not greater than 12 months or whenever permanent deformation is suspected. Severe applications shall warrant more frequent inspection. Inspection records shall be kept. – 7.2.15(b) Fork inspection shall be performed by trained personnel…

Ives Operator Workbook Pricing Remains Firm

Ives has always been committed to providing our customers the highest quality product at the best possible prices, and for the past five years we have been able to maintain that commitment without any price increases. Regrettably, we will have to adjust some of our pricing effective September 1, 2004.

We are able to maintain the current pricing structure of our Operator Compliance Package line of materials; however, you will find that other products, training materials and training aids will reflect price increases. We’ve done our best to keep these adjustments minimal and hope it will be quite some time before we have to consider doing this again!

What Do You Think?

You’ve probably noticed that the Ives Update has gone through a few changes. We have added a page to keep you up-to- date on our products and services. We’ve also made more room for additional articles of interest, accident reports, and other regular features we hope help to keep you informed. If you have any ideas or suggestions on what you’d like to see in future issues or comments on our existing format, we’d really like to hear from you. Please send your comments to info@ivestraining.com or call us direct at 1-800-643-1144.


At www.ivestraining.com, we have a whole new look! You can now find a complete product and training program line-up, our open-enrollment training calendar, new FAQs, links to regulatory authorities, and much, much more.

New to Ives Product Line

The Ives Power Packs™ have been created to assist instructors in facilitating their training programs. We have assembled all the materials we feel are essential to delivering effective forklift operator training programs into these two valuable products for the instructor on the move!

Instructor Power Pack™
The Ives Instructor Power Pack™ is the ultimate tool to compliment your forklift operator training. If you are looking for ways to increase the effectiveness of your classroom presentations as well as add an element of color and visual enhancement to your overall presentation, check out this exceptional new product!

The Instructor Power Pack™ has been developed specifically for instructors of counterbalanced, narrow aisle and rough terrain forklifts, as well as powered pallet trucks. Each Instructor Power Pack™ includes eight equipment-specific forklift operator compliance packages, an equipment-specific set of newly developed overhead transparencies (also available in Adobe PDF format), Lessons Learned and Point of View videos, a stability pyramid model, an equipment-specific die-cast model, and a high impact Safety Poster. These valuable training aids have been assembled into a sturdy carrying case that will fit all of your training materials plus your Instructor Manual.

Instructor Re-certification Power Pack™
The Ives Instructor Re-certification Power Pack™ has all the tools you will need to carry out your forklift operator refresher/re-certification training effectively, as well as the perfect training aids to enhance your overall program!

Instructor Re-certification Power Packs™ have been developed specifically for instructors of counterbalanced, narrow aisle and rough terrain forklifts, as well as powered pallet trucks. Each Instructor Re-certification Power Pack™ includes eight equipment-specific forklift operator study guides, one Re-certification Notepad, an Evaluator’s Guide, our Lessons Learned and Point of View videos, along with our new equipment-specific, high impact Safety Poster. These essential tools have been assembled into a practical, roomy satchel (with room for your Instructor Manual, pens, markers, etc.) for the instructor on the go. Fit all your training materials into a convenient tote and you are on your way!

Both these new products will be available October 2004 at special introductory pricing. Contact Ives at (800) 643-1144 or visit our website at www.ivestraining.com for more details.

Heads Up – Forklift Operator Re-Evaluation Theory Test Revised

When you place an order for a Re-certification Notepad, you will find a revised version of the Operator Re-Evaluation Theory Test. Instructors will find it applicable to any type of forklift and operators will find this version much easier to read and understand. A revised answer key for the test is now in the Powered Industrial Truck Evaluator’s Guide and will also accompany orders for the Powered Industrial Truck Re-certification Notepad. Thanks to everyone that offered suggestions for this test; it was your input that ultimately drove the decision to revise it. Enjoy the new test and keep those suggestions coming!

Consensus Reached on Recommendation for OSHA Standard

OSHA Trade Release July 13, 2004 OSHA has announced that its Crane and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (C-DAC) has reached consensus on language for a revised crane and derrick standard for construction. Key provisions of the C-DAC proposal include:

  • The scope section covers a wide range of new types of cranes that have been developed over the past 30 years.
  • A qualified person must address a list of key hazards associated with equipment assembly and disassembly.
  • Ground conditions must be made adequate for crane set-up to help prevent tip-overs.
  • In order to prevent electrocution, a leading cause of crane-related fatalities, employers must choose from a list of options for ensuring that equipment does not come within a prescribed distance of power lines. When working closer than that distance, a specified list of measures must be taken.
  • After a phase-in period, crane operators will have to be certified by either:
    (1) any crane operator testing organization approved by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, or
    (2) the employer’s own qualification program, which must be audited by a testing organization approved auditor.
  • Signal persons must meet specified qualification requirements.
  • Updated requirements for cranes on barges.
  • Safety devices, operational aids, signals, specific types of equipment (such as derricks and tower cranes), inspections, wire rope, prototype design and testing, crushing and overhead hazards, fall protection and equipment modification are also addressed.

The C-DAC was established in June 2003 to function as a part of OSHA’s rulemaking process to revise the existing standards for cranes and derricks in construction.

Note: No effective date for the new standard has been released by OSHA or the committee; however, some states such as California have announced dates as early as June 2005. Ives is currently revising all existing mobile crane and boom truck programs and materials to comply with the requirements of the new standard.

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