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There are many benefits to training your forklift operators. In this article we highlight what we feel are the 4 main benefits to your organization of proper operator training.

As managers and owners, we want a safe work environment for all of our employees. Unfortunately, all too often it escapes us. Time passes quickly, and initiatives that were once important standards become guidelines or even merely suggestions. How can we ensure that when we put safety measures in place, they will stay in place as employees come and go in a business climate that is constantly in flux?

When it comes to forklift safety, a lot of emphasis is placed upon safe forklift operation; as it should be. What we see quite frequently, though, is a lack of training for employees working in a warehouse situation but who do not operate forklifts but merely work around them all day, every day. Working around them without knowledge pertaining to their potential hazards creates a dangerous scenario for catastrophe.

When we think of OSHA and material handling, we all too often think simply of operator training. But the guidelines for keeping forklift operators and pedestrians safe extend far beyond the scope of training.  However, before we address these areas of concern, let’s take a quick look at some of the lesser-known conditions for which operator training is required...

Over 40 years ago OSHA was founded. Their goal was to make the workplace safer by setting standards that all companies must abide by. Fast forward to today and see the results this dynamic agency has had on worker safety.

OSHA has revealed which categories topped their list of citations for 2019. See the list and where once again, forklifts landed on it.

Tax deductions are still available on NEW and USED equipment, but it must be IN SERVICE by December 31, 2018. Learn more and get a quote on new or used forklifts or other material handling equipment and save on your 2018 tax bill.

There are vast differences in teaching someone something and training them to do it properly. Forklift operator training is no different. Here, we explore those differences and what they can mean to your material handling operation.

Moving your employees along the continuum until they reach the final stage in learning/training to the point where someone asks "how do you do that?" and they respond "I don't know, I just do it."

Loading docks can be very busy and dangerous places. There are many little things that can improve safety and productivity. This month, we focus on four major components of improving the safety of your pedestrians working on and around your docks and doors.

While most of us won’t be able to attend, there are things we can do to take advantage of this day to help create awareness about the dangers that forklifts present and how to minimize the potential for accidents that can result in injury, death, damage to your facility or equipment, and financial losses.

Training is one of the most important functions of any manager. From top to the bottom levels of an organization, employees that are well-trained to do their jobs perform them better, are more efficient and make greater contributions to the bottom line of the organization.

Safety is one of the primary pillars of a productive and profitable material handling operation. Unfortunately, most small to mid-size companies to not have the resources for a safety and compliance manager, much less a safety department. OSHA has tools available to these companies, like yours, to help you not only gain compliance, but how to look at your operation with a “safety eye” and help you identify potential hazards before they become health, safety or legal issues.

Service and Maintenance Related Articles

In this article we examine 5 things your sick forklift might tell you about its situation, and its friends and co-workers.

AM Davis offers a few tips and suggestions to minimize the costs of your forklift tires.

We talk a great deal about safety, productivity, inspections, and how these can lower your overall operating costs. There are also factors to consider when operating a forklift fleet that can be costly if overlooked.

Like an annual trip to your local physician for a check-up, a well thought out Planned Maintenance agreement with a qualified and reputable service company can dramatically increase the longevity of your equipment as well as significantly reduce your operating costs.

Tips to help keep your forklift's engine operating withing manufacturers recommendations during the hot Summer months.

Forks and chains bear the brunt of daily lifting, moving and depositing of heavy loads. One failure of either part could lead to product damage, injury or even death. Find out what to be aware of and how to properly inspect these vital forklift parts.

Like anything else in life, whether it’s your car, your home or even your body, planning and conducting preventive maintenance creates long-term benefits that are well worth the investment. Why would your forklift and other materials handling equipment be any different?

Fleet Management Related Articles

Reducing your costs means increasing your profits; and increasing your profits has never been more challenging than in recent years. Our experience with hundreds of various types of operations, utilizing hundreds of pieces of equipment in more than a thousand ways, has exposed us to thousands of variations in facilities, equipment, and applications. In working with these diverse clients, we have recognized commonalities that, when implemented, resulted in lower total operating costs for materials handling most of the time.

8 tips to help you get the most out of your forklift fleet.

With all the advancements in recent decades, electric forklifts are taking over the new forklift market. Find out the three main reasons why they've become so popular.

Summer months are upon us and heat related injuries and illnesses can sneak up on employees quickly. These quick tips will help you, help them stay healthy and more productive this summer.

Few things can cripple productivity like the flu, and the season is upon us. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people contract the flu, and the costs mount for them and your operation. Find out what the flu really costs us and how we can work to limit its effect on our material handling operations this season.

Even a well-maintained forklift fleet needs to be replaced at some point in time. Knowing exactly when can be a difficult thing to ascertain.

AM Davis Lift ProMat 2019 Wrap-up - Learn what we learned about the future of logistics, handling and retrieval at this year's ProMat convention. 

Learn what the benefits are of renting them on a long-term agreement vs traditional financing or leasing.

There has never been a better time to convert your IC forklifts to clean, efficient and safe electric forklifts. Learn more...

Over the years we have seen hundreds of cost-cutting measures by materials handling companies. They vary by application, geography and equipment. But there are a few that have universally proven to lower total materials handling costs. This Feature Article highlights a few you can do right now that will make a bottom-line impact on your business.

Here we explore a few costs that are not included in the initial purchase or lease of a new or used forklift.

The colder winter months are upon us, and with them comes the potential for bottom-line profits to seep out your warehouse doors, resulting in higher utility bills. In addition, air quality becomes an issue as the doors close and forklift emissions become a concern for employee safety and productivity. Fortunately, there are several low-cost solutions to help keep the warm air inside your warehouse and minimize the impact of carbon emissions. 

Before you rent, lease or purchase your next forklift, go through this process. 

There is a vast difference between the initial cost of a new forklift. In this article we examine a few of the variables that can make a real difference in the overall ownership cost of a forklift.

Your forklift's forks and chains bear the brunt of the daily lifting. Damage and wear to either of these components can lead to a dangerous situation for your operator and those working around your lift trucks. Learn what to look for and how to identify potential problems.