January 2018 IVES Update Newsletter

We'll be covering: Check out our feature article 6 Top Facts About Adult Learning Theory, boomlift failure, excavator incident, a question on engine-powered machinery, new slide presentation formats and sale pricing, forklift incident and fines, interesting articles, and much more!


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

  • 6 Top Facts About Adult Learning Theory.
  • Shipyard fined $230,000 for fatal boomlift failure in 2011.
  • Excavator falls 10m on Mexican highway, killing 2.
  • Ask Bob: Our tech guru addresses a question on engine-powered machinery.
  • Slide Presentations: New Formats Available & Sale Pricing until January 31.
  • Freight Company Fined $85,000 After Worker Suffers Permanent Injury by Forklift.
  • 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...

6 Top Facts About Adult Learning Theory

There are many great educators and they all have one thing in common. It is not that they are the best among the best in their own field. Instead, they are the ones who know best how to facilitate learning. Teachers may be experts in their respective niche, but if they do not possess the facility to assist students in the learning process, it does not matter how much they know or how skilled they are.

In Andragogy or adult learning theory, it is presumed that adults have specific learning requirements. The  adult learning theory  also suggests that the best learning environments are the ones that are collaborative and utilize a problem-based approach. It is important to note that not every student is in the adult learner stage. With this in mind, it is encouraged that students be made aware of the traits of adult learners, and aspire to gain a few of these characteristics.

6 Main Characteristics of Adult Learners

There are 6 main characteristics of adult learners according to Malcolm Knowles (1980, 1984) who was one of the pioneers in this field.

  1. Adult learning is self-directed/autonomous
    Adult learners are actively involved in the learning process such that they make choices relevant to their learning objectives. As such, adult learners also direct their learning goals with the guidance of their mentors. As an educator, it is important to facilitate the process of goal-setting. Students need to be given the freedom to assume responsibility for their own choices. When it comes to workload, they also need to be proactive in making decisions and in contributing to the process.
  2. Adult learning utilizes knowledge & life experiences
    Under this approach educators encourage learners to connect their past experiences with their current knowledge-base and activities. Learners are taught ways to bring to their current placement past knowledge, opinions, and experiences. Educators need to be well-versed in how to help students in drawing out relevant past knowledge and experiences. In addition, educators must know how to relate the sum of learners’ experiences to the current learning experiences.
  3. Adult learning is goal-oriented
    The motivation to learn is increased when the relevance of the “lesson” through real-life situations is clear, particularly in relation to the specific concerns of the learner. The need to acquire relevant and adequate knowledge is of high importance. With this in mind, adult learning is characterized as goal-oriented and intended learning outcomes should be clearly identified. Once the learning goals have been identified, it is now imminent to align the learning activities such that these objectives are fulfilled within a certain period of time. This approach is a great way to maximize a students’ learning experience.
  4. Adult learning is relevancy-oriented
    One of the best ways for adults to learn is by relating the assigned tasks to their own learning goals. If it is clear that the activities they are engaged into, directly contribute to achieving their personal learning objectives, then they will be inspired and motivated to engage in projects and successfully complete them.
  5. Adult learning highlights practicality
    Placement is a means of helping students to apply the theoretical concepts learned inside the classroom into real-life situations. It is very important for educators to identify appropriate ways and convert theoretical learning to practical activities! Learning is facilitated when appropriate ways of implementing theoretical knowledge in real life situations are made clear.
  6. Adult learning encourages collaboration
    Adult learners thrive in collaborative relationships with their educators. When learners are considered by their instructors as colleagues, they become more productive. When their contributions are acknowledged, then they are willing to put out their best work.

 Source: www.elearningindustry.com

Shipyard fined $230,000 for fatal boomlift failure in 2011.

Singapore’s Jurong Shipyard was fined $230,000 by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) last week for failing to ensure that a boom lift was maintained and safe to use for working at height, following a fatal incident at its yard in October 2011.

Jurong Shipyard was working on a ship repair contract in October 2011, and had subcontracted Shipblast Marine sandblast the vessel. Two Shipblast employees were working from the boom lift basket, blasting the front of the ship, when a boom section catastrophically failed, dropping the men almost 30 metres to the bottom of the dry dock. The were declared dead at the scene on October 29th 2011.

The MOM investigation found that just three months earlier, the boom lift had undergone an 18 month maintenance, overhaul and inspection overhaul. During the overhaul extensive corrosion was found on all four boom sections as well as to platform area. The problems were treated by simply blasting away the rust and painting over the affected areas.

One of the sections however had sustained significant wear with the thickness of the boom wall material worn down from the original 6.0 mm to just 2.86 mm. The manufacturer's guidelines clearly state that a boom section with this amount of wear should be replaced. However Jurong Shipyard did not refer to the manufacturer's inspection guidelines, referring instead to the American Bureau of Shipping rules for survey after construction, which is meant for ships, not lifting equipment. As a result it did not replace the section in question.

In a formal statement MOM said that Jurong Shipyard had also subsequently failed to conduct comprehensive checks on the boom, including failing to extend the boom during routine inspections, and thus serious detectable issues not caught.

MOM director of occupational safety and health inspectorate Chan Yew Kwong added: "Jurong Shipyard failed to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safe use of its equipment. It should have referred to the manufacturer's inspection guidelines to check for corrosion and cracks and conduct thorough equipment checks to ensure the safety of its workers. Two workers lost their lives as a result of poor equipment maintenance. MOM will prosecute owners of equipment who fail to provide for its safe use, putting workers' lives at risk."

Source: www.vertikal.net

Excavator falls 10m on Mexican highway.

An excavator weighing at least 37 tonnes plunged from a construction site on to a highway yesterday in México state, killing two people and injuring six others.

The ground gave way beneath the machine as it was working on the site of a new overpass in the Interlomas district of Huixquilucan and it fell 10 meters on to Vía Magna avenue.

The machine landed on three cars and two vans, killing the excavator operator and the driver of one of the vans.

The six people who were injured, including an eight-year-old girl, were freed from the wreckage by firefighters and Civil Protection personnel and transported to the Ángeles Hospital in Interlomas.

One of the victims was the driver of a Mini Cooper. The rear half of his car was crushed; he escaped without a scratch.

The construction company CICSA is the contractor for the project on behalf of the state government.

A report by the newspaper El Universal estimated that the weight of the excavator was approximately the same as 38 Nissan Tsuru cars. The machines can weigh anywhere between 37 and 86 tonnes.

Source: www.mexiconewsdaily.com

Ask Bob

Q. Is it okay to run engine-powered machinery indoors without the doors open?

A. It is okay as long as the maximum allowable levels of exhaust emissions are not reached. The trouble is that those levels are different almost everywhere you go, so you will have to find out from a local agency exactly what the levels are in your area. Once you find out though, I think it would be a great idea to get an exhaust gas "sniffer" and set it to warn you before the maximum level is reached. Also, propane burns much cleaner than gasoline or diesel fuel, so if your machines are not running propane, the maximum limits will be reached a lot faster than if they were.

Freight Company fined $85,000 After Worker Suffers  Permanent Injury by Forklift.

Convicted: Consolidated Fastfrate Inc., a national provider of logistic services, including shipping and warehousing.

Location: 9701 Highway 50, Woodbridge, Ontario; the company operates freight shipping services at this location.

Description of Offense: A worker who was operating a forklift struck another worker who could not be seen because the forklift operator had an obstructed view of the forklift's path of travel. The injured worker suffered a permanent injury.

Date of Offense: February 12, 2016.

Date of Conviction: December 15, 2017.

Penalty Imposed

  • Following a guilty plea, Consolidated Fastfrate Inc. was fined $85,000 by Justice of the Peace Rhonda Shousterman in Newmarket court, 465 Davis Drive, Courtroom T2; Crown Counsel Joe Ferraro.
  • The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offenses Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.


  • A worker was was loading drums into a vehicle at a loading bay, using a forklift. The worker  had loaded one skid of drums and proceeded to pick up a second skid of drums.
  • The drums on the forklift were stacked in such a way that the forklift operator's view was obstructed while operating the forklift in a forward direction and with the load in front.
  • While driving forward after picking up the second load, the forklift operator struck another forklift operator who was standing while dealing with some paperwork. That worker was hit from behind and suffered an injury that became permanent.
  • A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that the forklift operator was operating the forklift with an obstructed view. As such, Consolidated Fastfrate Inc. committed the offense of failing as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 56 of Regulation 851 (the Industrial Establishments Regulation) contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Section 56 of the regulation required the forklift operator to be assisted by a signaler where there is not a full view of the intended path of travel.

Source: www.news.ontario.ca

What's Wrong With This?

Can you tell what's going wrong in this photo?

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Answer to Last Month's WWWT? Photo

This photo was submitted by IVES Certified Trainer, Erik Hortsch from IKEA
Bloomington, MN. Erik noticed this dangerous act while shopping at a retailer and decided to snap a photo. As a trainer for this type of equipment, it made Erik cringe, especially because it was near the entrance of the store during operating hours with customers (like him) all around.

Here's what our Director of Training, Rob Vetter had to say about it:

  • Using a non-approved work platform that’s not enclosed by guard rails.
  • Platform is not attached to the lift truck.
  • Working at height with no visible means of fall protection – although he appears to be wearing a harness it does not appear to be  connected to the self-retracting lanyard (?) attached to the anchor point of the order picker.
  • Using a step ladder to gain additional height beyond the maximum height of the platform.
  • Not keeping both feet planted firmly on the platform floor.
  • Since he is away from the upper controls somebody should be at the ground controls. There is somebody on the ground but since he’s nowhere near the base of the machine we can assume he’s just watching or maybe he’s a spotter?
  • The area below the elevated worker should be cordoned off in any case.

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