November 2015 IVES Update Newsletter

We’ll be covering: IVES’ 35th Anniversary Promotions for 2016! Our tech guru addresses questions on language barriers and operator weight versus stability. New Items released! What’s Wrong With This? Photo and answer. A selection of interesting articles. Incident reports.

Thanks for joining us! In this edition we’ll be covering the following topics:

  • IVES’ 35th Anniversary Promotions for 2016!
  • Ask Bob: Our tech guru addresses questions on language barriers and operator weight versus stability.
  • We have some New Items to tell you about!
  • Last chance to register!
  • What’s Wrong With This? Photo and answer.
  • A selection of interesting articles.
  • Incident reports.
  • Upcoming events schedule.
  • New testimonials from our clients.

But first, check out all the places we delivered training this month…

IVES’ 35th Anniversary Promotions for 2016!

What do MTV, Beyoncé, Dodge Ram and IVES Training Group all have in common? They all turn 35 in 2016. That’s right, 2016 will not only see the 50th Super Bowl and the 45th President of the United States but on April 30, the 35th anniversary of the IVES Training Group!

“It’s quite an accomplishment,” says Rob Vetter, IVES’ General Manager since 2001. “The world has become an increasingly tough place to do business, it is truly a survival of the fittest environment out there these days,” he added.

When asked what he attributes IVES’ success and longevity to, Vetter felt there were a number of factors including having top-quality products and services, outstanding client service and support, fantastic people in the office and in the field that make it all work and last but not least, progressive, safety-minded clients who recognize that working safely is just good business.

As we celebrate our 35th year, we also want to celebrate you, our devoted clients. As a small gesture of our appreciation we have planned a number of promotions and discounts throughout the entire 2016 calendar year that we hope you will take advantage of. You’ll also have the chance to win one of three grand prizes which will be awarded on Friday, April 29, the day before our anniversary!

Stay tuned, we’ll have more details available soon…

Ask Bob #1

Q: I have many employees who do not read English very well and according to OSHA/ANSI they need to be able to read important information on the equipment. I had an OSHA agent give verbal permission to use an interpreter in the past, but cannot get it in writing because there have been a rise in deaths for non-English speaking operators. I am looking for advice or prior court cases/case studies that can give me a clear path to legally certify these operators.

A: Language barriers are probably the most difficult challenge to overcome in training as the most vital asset in your tool kit, communication, is lost.

OSHA’s stance on the matter is that training must be presented to trainees in such a way that they can understand it. This still leaves very little room to work with outside of using training and training materials that are presented in the same language as that of the trainee.

As for the premise that they must, “…be able to read important information on the equipment…” that is not exactly true in that employers must ensure that equipment operators either read the manufacturer’s operating manual or have its content explained to them. There is no sense in telling someone that can’t read to read something.

Here are links to an OSHA Interpretation as well as a paper from a law firm in Colorado that provides the best explanation not only of what is expected but how to proceed:

The short answer is, I’m afraid there is no short answer on this issue.

New Items!

We’ve recently added a few new items to our offerings, including:

Bobcat T770 Tracked
Skid Steer Loader Model
Bobcat S570
Skid Steer Loader Model
Coming Soon
Regular Price: $80.95
Member Price: $69.95
Regular Price: $80.95
Member Price: $69.95
Neck Lanyard with
ID Holder
Be Aware – Be Safe Posters
New look & availability!
Regular Price: $7.95 each
Member Price: $6.95 each
Volume discounts available.
Regular Price: $11.95 each
Member Price: $9.95 each
IVES Winter Hat  
Member Price: $14.95  


Login to order online or call us at 1-800-643-1144.

Ask Bob #2

Q: When operating a forklift, does the Operator’s weight (say 300+) play a factor in the CG/CCG and overall stability of the machine?

A: I suppose that the weight of a heavy operator could have some marginal effect on the CG of a smaller light duty unit, but not to any significant degree.

Even if it did, I would imagine the effect would be on the positive side of the equation as long as the operator stayed on the right side of the fulcrum!

Last Chance Programs

There are lots of programs to choose from, but seats are limited!

U.S.A. Programs Canadian Programs

Irving, Texas
Premium Forklift Trainer Nov 30-Dec 3
Trainer Recertification Dec 4

Sacramento, California
Trainer Recertification Dec 11
Express Forklift Trainer Jan 11-12
Aerial Lifts Trainer Jan 13-15


Kapolei, Hawaii
Trainer Recertification Dec 14
Express Forklift Trainer Dec 15-16
RT Forklift Trainer Upgrade Dec 17
Aerial Lifts Trainer Upgrade Dec 18

Richmond, Virginia SEAT SALE
Premium Combo Trainer Dec 14-18

Abbotsford, British Columbia
Premium Combo Trainer Nov 30-Dec 4
Express Forklift Trainer Dec 7-8
Express Forklift Trainer Jan 13-14
Trainer Recertification Jan 15
Aerial Lifts Trainer Jan 18-20

Oshawa, Ontario
Premium Combo Trainer Mar 7-11


Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Premium Combo Trainer Mar 14-18



What’s Wrong With This?

Do you know what’s going wrong in this photo? Share your comments here!

Answers to Last Month’s WWWT

Last month we shared this photo. Here are the key concerns, according to a local occupational safety officer:

  • One worker standing behind the forklift is not wearing hi-visibility apparel.
  • The forklift is on the pedestrian pathway.
  • The propane cylinder is not clamped properly or aligned with the safety pin.
  • The fire extinguisher is not fixed permanently. (It can roll and hit when the brake is applied.)
  • The forklift operator is not wearing hi-visibility apparel, and doesn’t have eye contact with workers in the area.
  • The operator’s right hand is covering the back light (and is outside of the cab – ed.).
  • The missing mirror has not been replaced (the left side-view mirror).
  • The operator’s left leg is improperly positioned.
  • The operator is not wearing a seatbelt.
  • The teacup has been left unsecured.
  • The operator is not wearing safety footwear.
  • The rear-view mirror is not adjusted properly.
  • The walkie-talkie radio left on the front is unsecured (free-standing).
  • The load is raised while travelling.
  • The hanging debris under the pallet is a hazard.

Have a photo you’d like to share? Send it to us!

Interesting Articles

  • MOL: Safety around heavy equipment… more
  • Abercrombie & Fitch worker killed in forklift incident… more
  • The DO’s and Dont’s of an OSHA inspection… more
  • Toyota forklift seller not liable for lack of safety features… more
  • Man killed while repairing forks… more
  • Boomlifts & scaffolds: common hazards but unique solutions… more
  • Man killed when he is hit by excavator at construction site… more
  • Beloved skid steer loaders are useful and risky… more
  • Man tried to extort $25,000 from business through OSHA threat… more
  • Jury awards $200,000 for forklift injury… more
  • Safety Training: Making it Stick… more
  • Stay alert on and around forklifts… more

Incident Reports

$17,446.04 May 27, 2015
This firm’s worker was using a boomlift to paint a four-storey condominium building. While in the work platform, the worker swung the boom to the right. No outriggers had been deployed on this side of the lift. The machine tipped over to the right and the worker sustained serious injuries. The investigation found that the firm had not ensured that the boomlift was inspected before operation, as required by Regulation. Safety features on the lift related to positioning were not functioning or had been disabled. These were high-risk violations. Finally, other work platforms at the site were also found to be in non-compliance. In general, the firm failed to ensure the health and safety of its workers.

$65,235.12 May 29, 2015
This firm operates a finger joint manufacturing plant. A supervisor at the plant received a serious hand injury when he reached into a lumber-stacking machine to reposition a board and the machine cycled unexpectedly. An investigation found numerous violations of sections of the Regulations dealing with de-energization and lockout with access to and safeguarding of machinery. As well, during the investigation an officer saw a worker driving a forklift without his seat belt on and with the cab doors open. These were high-risk violations, and all except the failure to wear a seat belt were repeated. The firm failed in general to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision needed to ensure their health and safety.

$2,500 April 7, 2015
This firm’s workers were removing and chipping trees from a slope bordering a road. Two workers felled the trees downhill, allowing them to hang up in the lower standing trees. A third worker operating a bucket truck from inside the bucket would swing over to the cut trees, and attach a rope to one and to the fall protection anchor point in the bucket. He pulled until the cut tree came free. Each tree was then slung out over the ground behind the chipper, lowered, and disconnected. The worker in the basket was not using personal fall protection; none was available on site. He was exposed to a risk of falling 9 m (30 ft.). The firm failed to provide fall protection equipment, a repeated violation. Likewise, it failed to ensure that such equipment was used. These were both high-risk violations. Neither the fallers nor the bucket truck operator had received instruction or training for the work they were doing. Further, a representative of the firm had seen the boom lift being used for this work and had not intervened, even though the manufacturer’s instructions prohibited it. The firm failed to provide its workers with the instruction, training, and supervision needed to ensure their health and safety. Finally, no first aid attendant was on site as required for this type of work. These latter two failings were both repeated violations.

Source: WorkSafe Magazine September / October 2015

Upcoming Events

Last month we exhibited at the National Safety Council Congress & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth and said hi to our safety exhibit team!

Stay tuned for our 2016 event schedule which we will be posting soon…

Client Testimonials

“IVES has the most comprehensive training program around, and I have taken a lot of training.” Sarah, Washington State University.

“One of the best safety investments my company has made was incorporating IVES Training.” Jesse, Scaled Composites.

“I heard great things about IVES’ training programs and this was a wonderful program.” Gregory, Winerton Builders.

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