October 2013 IVES Update Newsletter

We'll be covering: OSHA’s preliminary top 10 violations of 2013. Spanish & French pre-use inspection checklists now available. Are you the Prize Winner? What’s Wrong With This? photo and video answer. A forklift-themed crossword puzzle. A question on new employees.

 Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll cover in this October 2013 IVES Update Newsletter…

  • OSHA’s preliminary top 10 violations of 2013.
  • Spanish & French pre-use inspection checklists are now available
  • Are you the Prize Winner? Watch and see!
  • What’s Wrong With This? photo and video answer.
  • A forklift-themed crossword puzzle
  • Ask Bob question on new employees.
  • Interesting article links.
  • 2014 trade show & events schedule.
  • Incident reports.
  • But before all that, we’d like to wish you a Safe & Happy Halloween!

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2013

The preliminary figures for OSHA’s top 10 violations of 2013 were presented at the NSC Congress & Expo earlier this month. No huge surprises, but let’s go over some stats…

Fall Protection remains at number one, up more than 13% over last year’s total violations. Powered Industrial Truck violations increased from 1,993 in 2012 to 3,340 in 2013, a whopping 67% this year.

In fact, total violations in 2013 increased more than 31% over last year’s total violations (42,502 in 2013 vs. 29,179 in 2012) – that’s a huge jump!

Take a look for yourself. Here are the preliminary figures:

[Data Source: OIS Standards Cited Report Dated 9/13/13]

Spanish & French Pre-use Inspection Checklists

Spanish and French pre-use inspection checklists are now available for you to download free of charge! Login to the Member Dashboard then click on “Downloadable Material & Updates” to get your copy. Available for Counterbalanced Forklift, Narrow Aisle Forklift, Powered Pallet Truck, Rough Terrain Forklift and Aerial Lifts.

Did You Win? Watch and See!

One of you is the lucky winner of the Online Training Survey Prize Draw… is it you? Watch the video below to see if your name was picked!

Ask Bob

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

A: 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.

Answer to Last Month’s WWWT?

Were you able to spot the operator’s infractions in September’s WWWT video? Watch the video below to find out!

What’s Wrong With This?

In the photo below, can you spot what the operator is doing wrong?

Forklift-themed Crossword Puzzle

We dug up this forklift-themed crossword from our archived newsletters. We’ll post the answers in next month’s newsletter.


Interesting News Articles

  • Lake County cited in death of heavy equipment operator… more
  • How to gain support for your safety program… more
  • Man dies in industrial accident involving order picker… more
  • Solid safety performance makes investors happy… more
  • Utah meat packing plant worker crushed by skid steer loader… more
  • Good Samaritan used forklift to lift truck off injured bicyclist… more

Incident Report

Vestal, New York – A pipe manufacturer was cited Monday for 16 violations of workplace health and safety standards after a tractor-trailer driver was hit and killed by a forklift in March.

The company faces $67,000 in proposed penalties, according to OSHA, which investigated the incident and just released its findings.

The incident occurred March 22 in a loading area within the company’s 12-acre pipe yard. The driver, who was working for a separate company, was struck after he had stepped out between his vehicle and the forklift, operated by the company’s employee, as it was backing up to load pipes into the trailer.

OSHA inspectors determined that two of the 16 violations found in the March inspection related to the driver’s death. Inspectors found that the forklift had an inoperative backup alarm, and the forklift driver didn’t have a clear view of the travel path.

“Establishing safety protocols to address foot traffic in these areas would have helped prevent this tragic incident,” said Chris Adams, OSHA’s area director for Syracuse. “[The company] should have maintained equipment properly.”

The company’s president said his company has already filed its formal notice of contest with OSHA.

[Source: www.pressconnects.com]

Incident Report

Butte, Montana – OSHA is investigating a fatal aerial lift accident that occurred October 19 when a cherrypicker fell into a building.

Sheriff Ed Lester said, two Butte men were driving and while in transit, they pulled over to reposition the boom of the cherrypicker.

They got into the basket of the cherrypicker and as they began to reposition the boom, the cherrypicker tipped off the flatbed it was on, Lester said.

Both men were thrown off the basket as the machine fell. One of the men died while the other was treated for his injuries and released.

Jeff Funke of OSHA’s Billings office confirmed that investigators are looking into the accident.

[Source: www.kxlf.com]

Upcoming Events

We’ll be exhibiting at the following trade shows and conferences in 2014:

  • NDSC 41st Annual Safety & Health Conference. February 4-6
  • Pacific Rim Safety & Health Conference. May 7-9
  • ASSE Professional Development Conference & Expo. June 8-11
  • National Safety Council Congress & Expo. September 14-19

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