April 2021 IVES Update e-Newsletter

Check out our latest news: IVES Turns 40, required MEWP Update Program, reach stacker accident and fines, product feature: trainer power packs, upcoming program calendar, forklift operator crushed between overhead guard and mast, a question on operator numbers for requalification, interesting articles, and testimonials from our wonderful customers!

In this issue, we will be covering:

  • IVES Turns 40.
  • ATTENTION MEWP Trainers - Required MEWP Update Program.
  • Shipping Worker is Run Over by a Powered Industrial Vehicle, Crushed Pelvis and Leg Amputation Spark $156K OSHA Penalty Proposal.
  • Product Feature: Trainer Power Packs.
  • Upcoming Program Calendar.
  • FACE Report: Forklift operator crushed between overhead guard and mast.
  • Ask Bob: Our tech guru answers a question on operator numbers for requalification.
  • A selection of interesting articles.
  • New testimonials from our wonderful clients.

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



IVES Turns 40.

Within the arena of human endeavor, forty years is a long time to do anything. It’s a long time to hold a job, have a relationship, be involved with a movement or cause, and it’s a long time to operate a company successfully in a hyper-competitive market.
For a bit of perspective, the year 1981 began with Jimmy Carter in the Whitehouse, who gave way to Ronald Reagan on January 20. Up north, Pierre Trudeau, the father of Canada’s current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was in charge. The average annual income was around $21,000 which seems astonishingly low by today’s standards but back then, you could get a new home and car for about $73,000 and $9,000 respectively and get this, the gas you put that car only cost a $1.25 a gallon – $0.26 per liter in Canada! In the news, Iran released 52 political hostages after 444 days of confinement, the space shuttle Columbia flew its first mission, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman appointed as a Justice of the US Supreme Court and Prince Charles and Lady Dianna Spencer were wed. In entertainment, Endless Love by Dianna Ross and Lionel Ritchie was the biggest hit on the radio that year while theatre audiences were enjoying the thrill ride that was Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lastly, future entertainment megastars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were born.
Unlike Britney and Justin, IVES Training was not born completely helpless and in need of constant care and attention, in fact, it was quite the opposite. IVES came into existence as a fully functioning and capable training entity replete with the knowledge and wisdom of its founder, Colin Ives, a venerable member of the industrial safety community who by this point in his career had developed safety training programs for police and military agencies as well as a national motorcycle training program that is still largely in use to this day. It is impossible to tell the story of IVES Training Group, the company, without telling the story of Colin Ives, the man.
For years Colin saw what was happening in the world of powered industrial trucks (PITs), specifically the mounting incident rates and injury/fatality numbers. In response, he developed an easy to use yet comprehensive operator training program designed for forklifts but adaptable to almost any type of industrial mobile equipment. The program was well regarded within the relative government agencies and overall safety community with which Colin had been deeply involved for years. However, to his shock and amazement, not to mention profound disappointment, it was not adopted and used the way his motorcycle program had been and sadly, it seemed destined to wither and die on the vine.
Not one to shrink away from a challenge, nor to abandon his convictions, in 1979 Colin made a momentous personal decision and left the safety community he had served for so long to strike out independently as the sole champion of his PIT operator safety training program. A decision that would not only change his life but potentially the lives of thousands of operators that his program may have literally saved.
Colin’s passion for safety and ability to instill that passion in others made him a brilliantly effective and unforgettable trainer while the combination of his knowledge, charm and tireless work ethic made him a formidable business person. Within a couple of years, industry buzz about this super energetic, loud, forceful, incredibly knowledgeable forklift guru with an English accent spread up and down the west coast and in 1981, Ives and Associates was established as an official corporate entity within the US and Canada. From that point, any conversation on industrial mobile equipment safety west of the Rockies couldn’t be had without the name of Colin Ives coming up.
In the years that followed, Colin’s continuing, almost super-human efforts along with an ability to spot and recruit great people like Brenda Sheen, Grant Mackenzie and Ron Elliot, were instrumental in helping him further his vision and build the company into the highly capable and respected institution it is today.
Through several name changes, expansions in services and product offerings, all the usual growing pains that come with ongoing success and even some unusual ones, like a global pandemic, IVES Training Group is still standing tall after forty years with one of the most loyal and diverse client bases in the industry. Impressively, it has accomplished all of this while remaining true to its roots in upholding and continuing the vision and ideals of its founder, Colin Ives.
Sadly, Colin left us nearly four years ago. I like to think that wherever he is, he still smiles and feels a swell of pride when he looks down on the “little” company he started so long ago. Hopefully, he also sees and takes comfort in the fact that those that came after him, your humble author chief among them, continue to live by the words that were his signature business mantra, “under-promise and over-deliver.”
Rob Vetter
General Manager/Director of Training
IVES Training Group

**ATTENTION MEWP Trainers - Required MEWP Update Program**

If you have credentials to train operators of scissor lifts or aerial boomlifts issued before June 2019, you must complete the MEWP Trainer Update Program and test, accessible free of charge through the IVES Member Dashboard.
If you attend a Recertification program, your documentation and renewed credentials will not be processed until you complete the online Update program.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-643-1144 and we'd be happy to help!

Shipping Worker is Run Over by a Powered Industrial Vehicle, Crushed Pelvis and Leg Amputation Spark $156K OSHA Penalty Proposal.

Chicago, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Working at a Chicago shipping facility, an employee suffered a leg amputation and crushed pelvis after he fell off and was then run over by a powered heavy-lift vehicle used to move and stack steel containers. The 30-year-old recent hire suffered injuries after being allowed to ride unsecured on the vehicle.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited ITS Technologies and Logistics LLC – operating as ITS Conglobal – for one willful violation and two serious violations, and proposed penalties totaling $156,038.
OSHA investigators found the intermodal cargo container shipping facility allowed employees to ride unsecured on the reach stacker, in violation of company and OSHA safety procedures. Additionally, ITS Conglobal failed to provide employees refresher training or evaluate them every 3 years on their ability to safely operate powered industrial vehicles, as required.
“This worker's life-altering injuries could have been prevented if ITS Conglobal had followed its own and federal safety regulations against employees riding improperly on moving powered industrial vehicles,” said OSHA Chicago South Area Director James Martineck. “Each year, hundreds of employees suffer injuries from powered industrial vehicle hazards and it remains one of OSHA's top 10 cited safety standards. Employers must review and enforce workplace safety procedures.”
OSHA has specific regulations and required training for the operation of powered industrial vehicles. From 2011 to 2017, 614 workers lost their lives in forklift-related incidents and more than 7,000 nonfatal injuries with days away from work occurred every year.
Based in Darien, Illinois, ITS ConGlobal is an intermodal infrastructure services provider for global and rail shipping. The company has about 4,000 employees in more than 120 facilities throughout the U.S., Mexico and Central America and provides shipping services with North American railroads, global container shipping and leasing companies, and chassis operators.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Product Feature

Trainer Power Packs are the ultimate tool to complement your forklift, mobile elevating work platform, loader and excavator operator certification training.
If you are looking for ways to increase the effectiveness of your classroom presentations as well as add an element of color and visual enhancement to your overall presentation, look no further!
These valuable training aids and training materials have been assembled into a handsome sturdy carrying case for the trainer on the go. Fit all your training material, including your Trainer’s Manual, pens, markers and papers into this ideal case and you are on your way.
Link to browse or purchase our Trainer Power Packs.

FACE Report: Forklift operator crushed bewteen overhead guard and mast.

Case report: #12WA015
Issued by: Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program 
Date of incident: May 2012
A 61-year-old longshore worker operating a forklift died after he was crushed between a forklift’s mast and the overhead guard of the operator’s cab. The incident occurred when the operator left the forklift’s seat, climbed over the console, and stood on the dash between the mast and the overhead guard – presumably to look into a bin elevated on the forks. He did not turn off the forklift engine. As he stood on the dash, his right foot moved backward and contacted the mast tilt control lever on the console. The mast tilted back, crushing the operator’s torso between the mast cross member and the overhead guard. Workers helped him down and administered first aid. Paramedics transported the operator to a hospital, where he died in the emergency room. A toxicology report indicated the operator had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.026%.
To help prevent similar incidents, employer should:
  • Ensure forklift operators never position themselves between the overhead guard of the operator’s cap and the mast while the forklift is running.
  • Ensure standard operating procedures are followed, and review and revise them if necessary.
  • Ensure operators don’t use alcohol before or while operating equipment.
  • Consider purchasing or equipping forklifts with a safety interlock device that prevents movement when the operator is not seated properly at the controls.

Ask Bob

Free technical support for all IVES Certified Trainers!
I have an operator that has been with our company for 8 years and is trained on multiple types of equipment. He was originally trained in 2013 by a trainer that is no longer with our company and was recently recertified on our narrow aisle forklift. Another trainer did the classroom training and I did his practical evaluation. Should he keep his original operator number from 2013 even though it was for a sit down counter balance forklift?
Great question! Thanks for checking in with us. Operator number: since you were the last and final hurdle for the operator’s requalification, you would cut him/her a new number based off your log sheets. If the operator had originally been trained by you and you did the requalification, the number would be the same. At the end of the day, “whoever worked with the operator last cuts the operator number”.

Interesting Articles

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Front end loader accident claims the life of young worker, 24...more.
Crews rescue a worker stuck in the bucket of a boomlift near power lines...more.
Forklift accidents draw OSHA citations...more.
Worker driving the Suez Canal excavator slept 3 hours a night & hasn't been paid overtime...more.

Client Testimonials

"Excellent job covering all the MEWP updates and all the information which has been updated on the IVES website. IVES does an excellent job of explaining the ‘why’s' of training and adult learning. The hands on training and learning is an effective and efficient way to train adult learners." Steve, LSW and Associates Safety Consulting Services LLC.
"Best training program I have been a part of." Derek, Irwin's Industrial Safety.
"I feel extremely confident on being able to train people competently and effectively thanks to Ryan and IVES." Deren T.

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