October 2015 IVES Update Newsletter

We’ll be covering: Prize Winner Announcement! A major milestone for IVES’ own Susan Carlson. OSHA’s Top 10 for 2015. IVES’ 35th Anniversary Celebration! A question on narrow aisle tip over procedures. What’s Wrong With This? Photo and answer. A WorkSafeBC investigation report.

Thanks for joining us! In this October 2015 IVES Update Newsletter edition we’ll be covering the following topics:

  • Prize Winner Announcement!
  • A major milestone for IVES’ own Susan Carlson.
  • OSHA’s Top 10 for 2015 announced.
  • IVES’ 35th Anniversary Celebration!
  • Ask Bob: Our tech guru answers a question on narrow aisle tip over procedures.
  • Last chance to register!
  • What’s Wrong With This? Photo and answer.
  • A selection of interesting articles.
  • A WorkSafeBC investigation report.
  • Upcoming events schedule.
  • New testimonials from our clients.

But first, check out all the places we delivered training Open Enrollment and On-site Training Programs this month…

Survey Prize Draw Winner

Last month we released a New Product Concepts Survey asking you what you thought about some new product ideas. We want to sincerely thank everyone who participated, you gave us a lot of really helpful feedback!

The lucky person wins a Trainer Power Pack of their choice, or a credit of equal value. We conducted the prize draw last week…

Tim Brown, Safe Boats International LLC

Congratulations, Tim and thanks again to everyone who completed the survey!

Susan Carlson Reaches 20 Years With IVES!

As of November, Susan Carlson will have been part of the IVES team for 20 years. We are lucky to have such a dedicated, hard working team member. Here’s what Susan had to say…

“It doesn’t seem like 20 years since I first started working at what was then IVES & Associates. So many things have happened within the company – location and company name changes, additions to product lines, new program offerings, not to mention all the people that have been and continue to be a part of this company over the past 20 years.

I have been very lucky to be a part of this amazing firm that has stood the test of time despite everything that has happened in the world. There have been some very funny times and some sad ones as well, but all in all, I could not have worked with and for better people.”

Right back at you Susan, we are lucky to have you!

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2015 Announced

ATLANTA, Sept. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2015. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor as part of the 2015 NSC Congress & Expo, the world’s largest gathering of safety professionals.

“In injury prevention, we go where the data tell us to go,” said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “The OSHA Top 10 list is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety excellence.”

The Top 10 for FY 2015* are:

1. Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192
3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305
5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002
6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760
7. Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489
8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404
9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295
10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973

The final report on the Top 10 violations for 2015 will be published in December.

*Preliminary figures as of Sept. 8, 2015

Source: PR Newswire


Speaking of anniversaries, did you know next year is our 35 year anniversary? IVES has been in business since 1981 and we couldn’t have done it without you.

To say thank you, we will be celebrating ALL YEAR with special anniversary sales! We will also be running a contest and the winners will get some great prizes!

Be sure to stay tuned for all the details on how to save and win!

Ask Bob

Q:  What would you recommend for training for a stand up forklift (Narrow Aisle Deep Reach) in a tip over situation (tipping backward, forward, sideways…)?

A: The tip over procedures for narrow aisle stand-up reach trucks are quite different than those for standard counterbalanced trucks. Here’s what ANSI B56.1 has to say about it:

5.3.23 The operation of high lift, rear entry end control, narrow aisle, and reach trucks either loaded or unloaded with a standup, non-elevating operator requires special safety considerations as follows:

(e) These trucks are designed with open operator compartments to permit easy ingress and egress. Although there is no sure way in all circumstances to avoid injury, where possible, in the event of an imminent tip over or off the dock accident, the operator should step off and away from the truck. These actions are intended to reduce the risk of serious injury or death.

Last Chance Programs

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

U.S.A. Programs

Sacramento, California
Aerial Lifts Trainer Oct 20-22
Trainer Recertification Oct 23
Premium Forklift Trainer Nov 2-5
Trainer Recertification Nov 6
Rough Terrain Trainer Upgrade Nov 18
Premium Combo Trainer Nov 30-Dec 4

Rancho Cucamonga, California
Premium Forklift Trainer Oct 26-29

Salt Lake City, Utah
Aerial Lifts Trainer Oct 27-29
Trainer Recertification Oct 30

Claremont, Southern California
Trainer Recertification Oct 30

Tukwila, Washington
Express Forklift Trainer Nov 16-17
Trainer Recertification Nov 18

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

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

Richmond, Virginia SEAT SALE
Premium Combo Trainer Dec 14-18
Save up to 25% on this program!

Canadian Programs

Prince George, British Columbia
Express Skid Steer Loader Trainer Oct 19-20
Express Forklift Trainer Oct 21-22

Abbotsford, British Columbia
Aerial Lifts Trainer Oct 21-23
Express Forklift Trainer Nov 9-10
Trainer Recertification Nov 12
Loader Group Trainer Nov 16-20
Premium Forklift Trainer Nov 23-26
Rough Terrain Trainer Upgrade Nov 27
Premium Combo Trainer Nov 30-Dec 4
Express Forklift Trainer Dec 7-8
Trainer Recertification Dec 9

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan SEAT SALE
Premium Combo Trainer Oct 26-30
Save up to 25% on this program!
Click here for details

Oshawa, Ontario
Aerial Lifts Trainer Oct 27-29
Trainer Recertification Oct 30








What’s Wrong With This?

This month we are sharing a past WWWT photo from WorkSafeBC. Share your comments here!

Answers to Last Month’s WWWT

Last month we shared Vertikal.net’s photo (pictured right).

The unit appears to be standing on a concrete slab with not much for support beneath it. Given its gross weight and in particular, the ground pressure at each wheel, this could be a real problem. The plywood its sitting on might help distribute the weight a little more evenly, but I wouldn’t want to be the one in the platform testing that theory! The greatest concern here is that the unit is situated so close to the edge of the slab (and with its steer wheels turned to boot) that any unintended movement of the wheels could easily cause it to slip off the slab and tip over.

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

Interesting Articles

  • Two superintendents fined for OSHA violations in scissor lift fatality… more
  • Video shows accused man using front-end loader to steal ATM… more
  • Lone worker safety… more
  • Car collides with scissor lift in tunnel, three injured… more
  • $133,000 fine for workplace fatality involving scissor lift… more
  • One injured and another killed in BC workplace incident… more
  • How to safely maintain your backhoe loader… more
  • OSHA final rule sets new process for making changes to State Plans… more
  • Bucket truck worker killed due to hydraulic system failure… more
  • Dock worker was drunk when he struck and killed coworker… more
  • It’s Your Job Video Competition, 2015: Who I’d Still Have… more
  • Stay safe around forklifts… more
  • OSHA seeks $42,000 fine for worker fatality involving a forklift… more
  • Worker death a tragic reminder of need for safety protocol, training… more

Investigation Report

Date of incident: January 2013
Notice of incident number: 2013124710035
Employer: Painting company

Incident summary

A painter was in a low-ceilinged area within a parkade, painting piping from the work platform of a scissor lift. In order to paint the underside of the pipes, the painter was leaning outside the top guardrail of the work platform while standing in front of and facing the control panel, which was mounted on the top rail of the work platform. As he was painting, the controller (joystick) became caught in his clothing. When he leaned forward, the controller was pushed forward, causing the platform to lift.

The painter’s co-worker could not locate the emergency stop button because the mushroom-shaped cap identifying this control was missing. The painter was unable to disentangle himself before he was pinned between the guardrail and the ceiling. He died of his injuries.

Investigation conclusions


  • Inadvertent movement of joystick after it caught in clothing, causing the scissor lift to elevate and then trap the painter between the guardrail and the ceiling: The painter was leaning outside the top guardrail of the work platform as he simultaneously leaned forward over the controller (joystick). The controller became caught in his clothing and fall protection harness. His forward movement inadvertently caused the controller to move forward, which in turn caused the work platform to elevate. He was crushed between the guardrail and the low ceiling.

Underlying factors

  • Replaced and damaged switches and controls in a live position: At the time of the incident, three other switches were in a live position: the key switch, the Enable switch, and the Lift/Drive switch. The key was in the On position. The Enable switch was stuck and defective, causing it to be live without having to depress it. The Lift/Drive switch had replaced the original Lift/Off/Drive switch, forcing an operator to keep the switch in either Lift or Drive all of the time. The replaced and damaged control switches allowed the controller to be energized when workers would expect it not to be.
  • Inadequate inspection and maintenance of equipment: The scissor lift involved in the incident was inadequately inspected by workers and inadequately inspected and maintained by its owner. It was not subject to a program of regular inspection and maintenance by a qualified person in order to maintain it in safe working condition.
  • Equipment failed to meet requirements of the manufacturer and the applicable standard: The replaced controls had not been assessed by the manufacturer or a professional engineer to ensure that the equipment continued to meet the manufacturer’s requirements and the appropriate CSA/ANSI standards.
  • Workers were not adequately informed of the hazards: The painter and the co-worker did not recognize many hazards they were about to be exposed to. The supervisor was inadequately trained in hazard identification and control and failed to identify significant hazards. He did not discuss the hazards he did identify with the workers or ensure those hazards were addressed. Unidentified and unaddressed hazards allowed this incident to occur.
  • Lack of a current operating procedure: The employer did not have a current operating procedure to address the various changes made to the control panel. Workers were not made aware of the changes to the controls and the impact of those changes to the operating procedure.
  • Inadequate supervision: Failures of supervision were demonstrated at several levels. The supervisor did not report the known defect in the emergency stop button and did not conduct an adequate hazard assessment or discuss the hazards with workers. The employer did not supervise its workers adequately with respect to pre-use inspections of equipment. The employer did not conduct supplemental equipment inspections or ensure that site safety inspections were undertaken. The employer did not adequately oversee the activities of workers or provide adequate corporate oversight of safety activities.
  • Inadequate training and instruction of workers: Workers were not adequately trained or instructed in conducting hazard assessments, completing effective pre-use inspections, or reporting defective equipment. They were not provided with safe operating instructions or with out-of-service criteria for equipment. Workers did not have adequate knowledge of the changes to the operating procedure that modifications and disrepair caused. Workers received a four-to-six-hour certification session from an external provider; the employer of the workers did not supplement this with additional training or instruction.

Source: WorkSafeBC

Upcoming Events

Earlier this 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

“I learned valuable information that will stay with me forever. I will definitely recommend this class to others.” Maria, OA Logistics.

“Best training I have attended. I learned a lot!” Vince, POM Wonderful.

“Thought the class was exactly what I needed and has given me the information and knowledge that I need to competently perform my job.” Phillip, Enterprise Products.

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