July 2017 IVES Update Newsletter

We'll be covering: Check out our feature article What You Need to Know About the ANSI/ITSDF B56.6 Revision, IVES trainer certification, What's that Decal Say, a question on theory training, OSHA deadline for injury and illness data, interesting articles and much more!

In this edition we'll be covering the following topics:

  • What You Need to Know About the ANSI/ITSDF B56.6 Revision.
  • IVES Trainer Certification - Who Should Attend?
  • What's that Decal Say?
  • Ask Bob: Our tech guru addresses a question on theory training.
  • OSHA proposes Dec. 1 deadline for reporting injury, illness data.
  • An incident report on an aerial lift fatality.
  • Last chance to register!
  • What's Wrong With This? Photo and answer.
  • A selection of interesting articles.
  • New testimonials from our wonderful clients.

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

What You Need to Know About the ANSI/ITSDF B56.6 Revision

In May 2016, the US safety standard for Rough Terrain Forklifts, ANSI/ITSDF B56.6, was revised. As this standard is also referenced in the Canadian standard CSA B335, effectively this revision affects all North American manufacturers, owners, users and operators of Rough Terrain Forklifts. It’s important to understand these changes as they relate to your rental business and to start reviewing with your current practices to help ensure that you are compliant with
the standard when it (became) effective on May 20, 2017.

Changes to the standard occurred in the following sections:

  • 5.15 - Elevating Personnel
  • 6.2 - General
  • 6.5 - Operator Care of Rough Terrain Forklifts
  • 8.10.5 - Load Handling Symbols
  • 8.15 - Protective Structures
  • 8.24 - Personnel Work Platforms for Elevating Personnel
  • Part IV - Glossary of Commonly Used Words and Phrases

Let’s walk through some of these changes…

Section 5.15 – Elevating Personnel (User)

This section underwent a major revision. Some of the major changes for users are:

  • Only use platforms if approved by forklift manufacturer.
  • Do not exceed the load capacity chart or the capacity shown on the information plate.
  • More user and operator requirements for platforms equipped with controls.
  • Means of communication between the platform occupant and the forklift operator.
  • Fall arrest may be required.

Section 6.2 – General (Operator)

This section also underwent a major revision. Some of the major changes for operators are:

  • Pre-operation inspection required.
  • An initial worksite hazard assessment as well as continuous monitoring for hazards is required.
  • Maintain minimum clearance from energized powerlines.

Section 6.5 – Operator Care of Rough Terrain Forklifts (Operator)

The biggest changes are:

  • More details have been added to the pre-operation inspection list.

Section 8.10.5 – Load Handling Symbols (Manufacturer)

  • Load handling symbols now reference ISO 3287 and ISO 7000.

Section 8.15 – Protective Structures (Manufacturer)

  • Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) will be required to be certified to ISO 3471 for compliance. Table three was updated, changing 610 mm to 600 mm.

Section 8.24 – Personnel Work Platforms (Manufacturer)

This section has been completely rewritten to help align with the same performance criteria in the ISO 16368 aerial lift standard.

Some of the major changes for the design of the work platforms are:

  • Structural safety factor has been added for non-ductile materials.
  • Steps, or ladder, are required if the distance from the ground to the work platform exceeds 16 in (400 mm).
  • Minimum toe board height is now 6 in (150 mm) but may be reduced to 4 in (100 mm) at the entry points.
  • If gates are provided they need to open inward and have a positive self-latching mechanism.
  • Each guardrail and midrail needs to be able to withstand a 225-lb (1,000 N) load in any direction without permanent deformation.
  • Fall protection anchorages are now required and each shall withstand a static load of 3,600 lb., for each person allowed to connect simultaneously, without reaching its ultimate strength.
  • A weather resistant compartment for storing the manufacturers work platform manuals/instructions is now required.
  • Load charts are now required for the work platform and rough terrain truck combination.
  • More defined requirements have been provided for work platforms equipped with controls.
  • New marking requirements for the work platform.
  • New stability requirements for the work platform rough terrain truck combination, including an arresting fall simulation.

Part IV Glossary of Commonly Used Words and Phrases
New definitions have been added/revised:

  • Reach mechanism.
  • Unattended and attended rough terrain trucks.

In conclusion, just about every entity involved with the manufacture and operation of the Rough Terrain Forklift are affected by these new changes. These changes will have a positive impact on the safe use of these products across the industry. It’s important to note that many of the changes can have a significant impact to your organization, so identifying these potential challenges and resolving them before the effective date is critically important.

As this standard is available free of charge through www.itsdf.org, I encourage you to download a copy to get more detailed information to help with that review.

Source: www.aerialpros.genielift.com

IVES Trainer Certification - Who Should Attend?

Who should attend? Sending a trainee to a Train the Trainer Certification Program will enable you to bring your operator training conveniently in-house. There is much to consider in the preparation, delivery and maintenance of a good training program. From the perspective of the trainees it all starts with the trainer, as it is the trainer that is the source of information and the face of the program.

The selection of the person who is to become your equipment operator trainer is critical to the process. To help you decide who should attend a Train the Trainer Certification Program, consider the following positive traits of potential trainers.

Positive Traits of Potential Trainers

In a perfect world, your new powered mobile equipment trainer would possess the following traits:

Interest - It is very important for anyone in the safety and health field to have a genuine interest in safety and a desire to spread the word, so to speak.

Belief and Passion – Beyond interest, an honest belief in the benefits of safety and visible passion in the expression of those beliefs is an invaluable trait that separates good trainers from great ones.

Knowledge and Experience – Knowledge is power, and experience is the resource that harnesses the power to make it useful. Trainers must have the operational experience needed on the appropriate equipment to demonstrate the same tasks their trainees are expected to perform.

Communication Skills – The greatest asset of all. Strong reading, writing and English language skills, and the ability to utilize such skills to articulate ideas and concepts are critical to the success of trainer candidates in our Train the Trainer Programs.

People Skills – Patience is a virtue, and for trainers so are approachability, empathy, respect for others and confidence in one’s self. Although they are all qualities often taken for granted, they are an absolute must for would-be trainers and virtually impossible to instill in those that do not possess them.

Authority – While not considered a trait as such, the ideal trainer candidate is one that has the authority to ensure that training is adhered to on a day-to-day basis. Supervisors are the obvious choice here because of their knowledge of specific job requirements, authority to take corrective measures and because at the end of the day, the safety of the crew is their direct responsibility.

Although it is impractical to expect a high degree of compliance from a trainer candidate in all the traits detailed above, in our experience we have found that those who possess most of them to a moderate degree tend to achieve higher performance levels during our Trainer Certification Programs.

Source: www.ivestraining.com

What's that Decal Say?

Equipment decals: The cool, informative and potentially life-saving ink found on all aerial work platforms. They aren’t just positioned haphazardly all over the machine, and they aren’t there just to look pretty. Like your buddy’s ink, they have meaning, and the placement of equipment decals is carefully considered and critical to proper machine operation and safety.

Equipment manufacturers do not just put decals on a whim. They are guided by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which requires instructions and markings to be displayed on all aerial platforms in a clearly visible, accessible area and in a durable manner. Warnings, cautions and restrictions for safe machine operation and maintenance are used in accordance with…

  • ANSI Z535.1 – Safety Color Code;
  • ANSI Z535.3 – Criteria for Safety Symbols;
  • ANSI Z535.4 – Product Safety Signs and Labels.

Decals must be inspected for condition, legibility and positioning during every pre-operational checkout of the aerial platform. The machine’s operating manual explains the different decal colors and banners and that they must be legible or replaced. Before you conduct your next machine inspection, here’s a refresher course on equipment decals.

Know the Decal Classifications…

  • Decals on aerial platforms use symbols, color coding and signal works for identification.
  • Safety alert symbols
    - Alerts operators to potential personal injury hazards.
    - Obeying all safety messages following this symbol will avoid possible injury or death.
  • Danger decals
    - Appear with a red header and include the safety alert symbol.
    - Indicate a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
  • Warning decals
    - Appear with an orange header and include the safety alert symbol.
    - Indicate a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
  • Caution decals
    - Appear with a yellow header and include the safety alert symbol.
    - Indicate a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.
  • Notice decals
    - Appear with a green header.
    - Indicate a property damage message.

Can You Read Me?

  • Decal inspectors are to make sure that ALL decals are legible and in the right place.
  • If paint overspray, dirt, tears or scratches prevent the decal from being easily read, then clean or replace them.
  • If a decal is missing, replace it.

Decals are an inexpensive way to ensure proper and safe operation of the aerial platform.

Maintaining Decals…

  • Use mild soap and water to clean safety signs.
  • Do not use solvent-based cleaners.

Solvents may damage the safety sign material, making the sign illegible.

The bottom line with safety decal inspection is to make sure decals are easily visible when a machine goes out on the job. It may be tempting to give decals just a quick glance and think, “Yeah, they are fine.” Remember, however, that equipment can be damaged, or worse yet, an operator’s life could be in jeopardy without proper warning.

It’s best to err on the side of caution when it comes to decal inspection, maintenance and replacement. If a machine is sent out that has missing or damaged decals and there is an accident, there will be an investigation. And that investigation will include reviewing the condition of all safety decals.

Source: www.aerialpros.genielift.com

Ask Bob


Hello, I have 2 questions:

1) Is there a minimum length of time a theory class must be? If I have a co-worker who gets a one-on-one, does the theory need to be 4 hrs long?

2) What length of time after passing a theory class is allowed before the theory expires and they need to go through a class again?


1) There is no exact amount of time required for theory training stated by any official source. Some standards list suggested, non-mandatory times but nothing etched in stone. I have found that reviewing the operator reference manual, issuing and reviewing the theory tests and perhaps showing a video usually consumes the morning right up to lunch which is about four hours. The fact that you will be one on one with your trainee may save you a bit of time, but I would still plan on spending at least 3 ½ hrs. on theory.
2) If you mean how much time can pass between the end of classroom training and the beginning of practical hands-on training then just remember the sooner the better. The old saying “use it or lose it” comes to mind so if you don’t get trainees actively using their knowledge as soon as possible then things will start slipping away. Once again there is no official time period to reference here but personally, I would not want more than two days to pass. If it does, you should probably do a brief refresher/review session with your trainee. If more than two weeks goes by, I would recommend repeating the entire theory portion.

OSHA proposes Dec. 1 deadline for reporting injury, illness data

Washington – OSHA is proposing to delay until Dec. 1 the compliance date for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data as part of the agency’s Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule.

The original compliance date was July 1. OSHA is seeking the delay “to provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation and allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system, which will not be available until August 1,” according to a notice published in the June 28 Federal Register.

The controversial rule, which went into effect Jan. 1, requires establishments with 250 or more workers to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A to the agency. OSHA intends to make the information public on its website.

Comments on the proposed extension are due July 13.

Source: www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com

Worker Killed When Aerial Lift Topples

Painter Rodolfo Alvarez Velazco, 32, was killed in August 2016 when the aerial device he was working from toppled and he suffered multiple force trauma. He died after being transported to a hospital.

What led to this tragic accident? The employer, Village Management Services of Laguna Woods, allegedly allowed its employees to use the a­­­erial device on a slope exceeding the maximum allowable, and it failed to identify job hazards before starting the job.

Velazco had been assigned to paint the fourth-floor crown of a residential building in Laguna Woods and was working from the lift. But to access the crown, the lift needed to go around a tree. Velazco positioned the aerial device, raised the boom and shifted the counterweight downhill. The boom had been extended 31 feet "in a nearly vertical position" when it toppled, Cal/OSHA says.

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) cited Village Management for seven alleged serious violations and seeks more than $108,000 in penalties, as the accompanying chart outlines.

The employer is contesting the citations.

Source: Cal-OSHA Reporter June 9, 2017

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What's Wrong With This? Photo

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Answer to Last Month's WWWT? Photo

We can only presume that the reason a forklift is being used to raise a scissor lift to an elevated work location is because the scissor lift is not capable of reaching the location on its own. That being the case, just as it is not permissible for the operator to use any sort of method to achieve greater height from the platform such as using a ladder or standing up on the guardrails, the same could be said of raising the entire unit to achieve additional height. If the machine you are using is not capable of doing the job you need it to do then you’ve got the wrong machine and must find one that is capable.

Next, the rules around using a forklift to elevate personnel are quite clear on:

  • Using a work platform that is engineered and approved for such use.
  • Ensuring the platform is secured to the lifting carriage or forks.
  • Having a qualified forklift operator at the controls or in close proximity while personnel are elevated.

I don’t believe any of these three criteria have been met here.

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