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Letter from the President – 12/22/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…..

“Tweel” may sound like a nonsense word, but what it has done for tire technology is definitely not nonsense. The tweel is an airless radial tire which has multiple applications in heavy equipment use industries. Whether for indoor or outdoor use, the tweel-using Skid Steer or Forklift can now avoid tire puncture incidents. This year, Dr. Tim Rhyne, a senior research fellow with Michelin Americas Research and Development Corporation, was selected as a 2014 recipient of the editors at Engineering News-Record (ENR)’s award for individuals “with the passion, drive and courage to tackle the most difficult challenges and make our world a better place.” First developed in 2005, the tweel may soon become an industry standard installation for smaller pieces of heavy equipment like the Skid Steer and Forklift.

Total Equipment Training researches all technological advancements with interest, because such developments affect the way we teach out training programs to reflect the changes in those industries which use heavy equipment. Our trainers are up to speed on these changes and incorporate this information into our tailored-for-you programs.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,
President

Letter from the President – 12/08/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…..

So often, I have talked about accidents and tragedies that could have been avoided, if only the persons involved had been properly trained in the use of their equipment. Then, I come across one of these stories that lift me up and make me grateful that I work in an industry that has this kind of persons….

Alaskans are dependent on air travel, because of the great distances that need to be covered. On a windy day this past spring, the pilot of this small aircraft was blown off-course, and into some trees where he became entangled. Dangling more than 50 feet in the air, he waited for rescue. Imagine his surprise when it wasn’t firemen, but nearby Linemen from Matanuska Electric Association, who brought him safely down to earth. Utility linemen are used to working up high around power lines, so these Bucket Truck operators definitely knew what they were doing when they liberated the trapped pilot. I salute the crew who were able to stabilize the plane by attaching a lift strap to the tail section, tie that off to the trunk of one of the trees, and then hook the pilot into a safety harness and help him down to the lift basket.

Bucket Truck operators need to be CCO certified according to OSHA regulations, and I am sure this crew was certified. Total Equipment Training is a company that offers this type of certification training anywhere in the world they may need to go. Maybe not up to the treetops, but definitely in your onsite classroom through a program tailored for your specific heavy equipment, including Bucket Trucks.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,
President

Letter from the President – 11/24/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…..

The Crane & Rigging Conference and the Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference (CRC/ICHC) will return to Houston on December 3-4, 2014. This independent conference offers education and networking opportunities for safety and risk managers, crane and rigging supervisors, lift directors, project managers, and others responsible for managing crane and rigging operations in construction and heavy industry. One of the topics of this conference is “Overhead Crane Inspection and Repair Techniques, Below-the-Hook Gear, and Challenges of Overhead Lifting in Outdoor Environments.”

While some crane and rigging safety topics are enduring, others are witnesses of industry trends, changes in standards and regulations, new technology, and swings in labor demands. Overhead Cranes are seeing such advancements in technology as explosion-proof hoists and cranes which will be integral to the role material handling plays in hazardous environments.

At Total Equipment Training you will receive a tailored Overhead Crane training program that is specific to your employee’s abilities and your equipment requirements. At Total Equipment Training we are paying close attention to advancements in technology, especially if they are going to make those working in the construction and heavy industries safer. We are all about safety – in fact – it’s our motto.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,
President

Letter from the President – 11/10/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…..

The volume of crude oil and ethanol transported by rail has increased exponentially in the past three years. A significant portion of these shipments is coming from the Bakken field in North Dakota, whose rapid development has resulted in much of the crude oil needing to be shipped by rail tank cars. The majority of these shipments are concentrated toward several port facilities on the east coast of the United States.

A series of serious rail accidents in both the United States and Canada has ensured that safety has become a top priority for the rail industry, the oil and gas industry, and the communities through which these shipments travel. These developments have prompted extensive federal attention to HAZMAT and other safety risks, and regulators are struggling to find solutions. The states, led by New York, and environmental organizations are becoming increasingly active and vocal in their concerns about safety and the regulations effecting gas and oil transportation.

One of the problems for coming up with a quick solution is the number of agencies involved in these regulatory standards. Tank car specifications are set by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The operation of railroads, including the transportation of hazardous materials and the routing of trains carrying hazardous materials, is regulated by DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Monitoring the whole system is the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which has no regulatory authority, but issues safety recommendations to federal and state regulatory agencies, industry and safety standards organizations, emergency response organizations, and affected industry participants. All of these agencies are agreed, however, that the safety of the workers and the communities is paramount.

Total Equipment Training has developed a HAZMAT program which is up to OSHA standards, as well as other heavy equipment training programs, which will help educate those involved in the rail industry, and oil and gas industry. Our trainers can go anywhere in the world where they might be needed to provide the most comprehensive HAZMAT safety program available.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,
President

Letter from the President – 10/27/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…..

I have spoken to a number of people involved in the advancement of oil and gas pipelines in the United States in order to decrease this country’s dependence on other country’s oil reserves. It is necessary for those involved in these pipelines to meet as a group and discuss how the oil and gas industry can improve the environmental impact these pipelines have; to explore all options that can be implemented to avoid possible ecological catastrophe. To that end, I want to recommend the joint conference – the 23rd Annual GITA Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference & Exhibition and the 10th Annual PODS Users Conference. PennWell and the Pipeline Open Data Standard (PODS) Association have agreed to co-locate in the creation of Pipeline Week to be held October 28-30, 2014.

The 10th Annual PODS User Conference will include a well-rounded program of operator presentations, workshops, training, and round-table discussions focusing on leveraging the PODS Standard. The PODS pipe-centric methodology to managing pipeline data allows pipeline operators to collect, verify, analyze, and maintain all the information about their pipelines quickly and reliably, and to deliver these applications to end-users. Running simultaneously the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA)’s Oil & Gas Pipeline conference will host an operator forum. Pipeline Week will encourage the free flow of ideas between a wide range of viewpoints.

In conjunction with the conferences, the Exhibit Hall will showcase technology, equipment, and services vital to the oil and gas pipeline industry. Technology and products on display will include: geospatial technology, pipeline services, pipeline integrity, compliance data, regulatory compliance, project management, and damage prevention.

Total Equipment Training has provided safety and certification training to the oil and gas industry for many years, and we hope to go on providing training for many more. Whether it’s for Crane or Bulldozer, Vacuum Truck or Boom Truck operators, Total Equipment Training can bring our trainers on site to a pipeline or a classroom to conduct a tailored program for your employees.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,
President

Letter from the President – 10/13/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…..

Have you ever wondered just exactly what it means to be CCO certified? A Certified Crane Operator is not necessarily CCO certified. Only the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) can provide the widely adopted and recognized CCO certification. While there are other companies that claim to certify crane operators, only one organization –NCCCO – has been federally recognized by OSHA to provide CCO certification. For nearly twenty years, successful completion of the CCO certification requirements has let the world know that a crane operator is certified to the high standards of NCCCO.

Total Equipment Training has trainers that have been qualified to provide the pre-test training necessary for a CCO applicant to take this all-important NCCCO certification test. Our trainers can go anywhere in the world they are needed to provide this training. We are proud of our track record for aiding trainees in obtaining this coveted documentation, and we can provide this same high level of standard for your employees.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,
President

Letter from the President – 9/29/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…..

This is homecoming week for many high schools across this country. College football is in full swing. Many of these games have amateur videographers using Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs) or personnel lifts on Bucket Trucks to get them high above the crowds in order to get the “perfect picture.”

Organizations that allow workers, including students who are employees, use scissor lifts to film events and functions, must address the hazards associated with this equipment. These hazards can include the lift falling over or a worker slipping off the platform if the lift is:

  • used during bad weather or high winds
  • positioned on soft or uneven ground, or on weak utility covers (e.g., underground sprinkler valve boxes)
  • overloaded with heavy objects
  • used with guardrails removed
  • driven over uneven, unstable ground, or if the surface is in poor condition
  • driven with the lift in an elevated position
  • used with brakes that are not properly set
  • A worker could also be electrocuted if the lift makes contact with electrical lines.

Total Equipment Training wants all of these games to be happy occasions, even for those who go home disappointed, because of the knowledge that everyone who went to the game was safe and no one got hurt improperly using equipment. Our AWP and Scaffolding Safety training includes:

  • Personnel safety – fall protection and PPE, Federal and manufacturers rules, Electrical hazards
  • Traveling when personnel are in basket
  • Position of equipment (ground conditions)

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,
President

Letter from the President – 9/15/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…..

Congratulations go out to all of the winners at the Great Falls, Montana Annual Snow Rodeo held on September 3-4, 2014. Snow removal equipment operators from around the state gathered to show off their skills. There were four competitions featured: snowplow, front-end loader, backhoe, and motor-grader.

Every year, safety is the major theme of the rodeo. Contestants are required to operate equipment properly and safely at all times, and to demonstrate, through written and diagnostic tests, knowledge of safety and possible hazards. The rodeo is divided into three phases of competition: written test, walk-around diagnostic, and rodeo. Scores are given for each phase, and the contestant with the highest number of total points wins.

The American Public Works Association (AWPA) was one of the sponsors of the Montana Annual Snow Rodeo. This organization is dedicated to educating all of its members on the proper use of heavy equipment used in construction, infrastructure, and civil projects. Total Equipment Training is also dedicated to educating heavy equipment operators. Our training programs include OSHA, ANSI and ASME regulations and standards for all types of heavy equipment, including snow removal machines.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,
President

Letter from the President – 9/2/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…..

The Industrial Truck Association (ITA), representing industry manufacturers of lift trucks, tow tractors, rough terrain vehicles, hand-pallet trucks, and automated guided vehicles throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, will hold their annual meeting on September 3-6, 2014 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. 90% of Canadian and United States Forklift manufacturers belong to ITA. The U.S. National Forklift Safety Day was on June 10, 2014 and highlighted the safe use of forklifts and the importance of operator training. The Canadian National Forklift Safety Day is expected to do the same. One in four transportation workplace accidents are Forklift related. This is a staggering statistic; only through safe operating techniques can this problem be addressed. Employers must ensure that each Forklift operator is competent to operate a Powered Industrial Truck safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of the training and evaluation specified in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178.

Total Equipment Training can provide an onsite safety training program for all of your Powered Industrial Truck needs, including a hands-on operating portion on your equipment. Our goal is to deliver that knowledge to employers and operators in a timely and efficient manner. That is why our trainers train your employees on your specific machines.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,
President

Letter from the President – 8/18/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…..

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has standard hand signals that are recognized throughout the industry for a reason; by standardizing the signals a Signal Person can help any type of crane operator to stay safe inside the cab of their machine. This picture illustrates some of the most common signals. Why use hand signals in the electronics age? When electronics don’t work, or the workplace is too noisy, a single understood hand signal can save lives. OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census has information about accidents and fatalities involving heavy equipment, but they don’t show the “near misses.” Thanks to the standardization of these hand signals, lives are saved every day – even if they don’t know it!

Hand signals are useful throughout the construction industry, not just for crane operators. Total Equipment Training wants every operator to be safe in their machines, which is why our Signal Person training program is so inclusive for the construction industry, and exclusive to the type of equipment being used. Our trainers will qualify your Signal Person(s) through classroom and hands on training. This program is geared to be site specific and the evaluation will be based on Signal Person requirements at your site. While our program will touch on all the requirements of OSHA 1926.1401, the emphasis will be on your individual sites’ Signal Person needs.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,
President

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