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Letter from the President – 4/1/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…

Next week, March 17-20, 2014 the supply chain conference, MODEX, will be occurring in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds at the conference will be the industry initiative, “Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics.” The leading light of the proposal, Material Handling Industry of America (MHI), is trying to identify key trends that will affect the industry from now until 2025. Forklift manufacturers are creating some of the most sophisticated machines ever seen in the marketplace. Material Handlers are being required to know more and more intricate supply chain industry systems.

When interviewed for “DC Velocity” on February 19, 2014, about trends in the supply chain industry, former CEO of Walmart, Lee Scott replied, “You have to ask yourself: How are you going to staff that [Distribution Center] with people who are able to handle that level of sophistication? What are you going to do about creating the educational programs in your own DC so that these people are prepared to do these things? To me, that is going to be the greatest challenge of all.”

Total Equipment Training is aware of these changes that are occurring in the supply chain industry. Our trainers are dedicated to training operators on the latest and most sophisticated machines, both for safety and performance. We also have “Train the Trainer” programs that we can tailor for your educational needs to develop your site specific training requirements. Total Equipment Training wants to help train your Forklift operators, as well as any of your Material Handling training 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

 

Letter from the President – 3/18/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…

OSHA is cracking down in 2014 on businesses that are repeat offenders when it comes to Front End Loader / Backhoe safety. Said Nick Walters, OSHA’s regional administrator in Chicago, “Employers that continue to ignore safety regulations put their employee’s lives at risk. Trenching hazards result in numerous fatalities and injuries every year. Companies specializing in this type of work [Front End Loader / Backhoe trenching and excavation] have a responsibility to protect their workers from known hazards.” OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program mandates follow-up inspections at cited companies to guarantee observance of the law and spotlighting disobedient employers who endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. A willful violation is one “committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.” OSHA will cite repeat violators for failing to provide training to Front End Loader / Backhoe operators on trenching and excavation hazards, and ensuring that each worker exposed to struck-by hazards will be protected by a hard hat. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

In order to keep your company up to date and compliant on all safety issues, Total Equipment Training wants to help train your Front End Loader / Backhoe operators, as well as any other heavy equipment operators. 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 – 3/4/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…

OSHA has released its recommendations for employers who use Forklifts and other Powered Industrial Trucks. As of September 2013 OSHA wants to inform employers that youth employment regulations (29 CFR 570) disseminated under the Fair Labor Standards Act prohibit most employees under the age of 18 years from operating forklifts for non-agricultural operations.

Total Equipment Training wants to remind employers that all Forklift operators who are 18 years old or older must be trained and qualified as competent to operate forklifts. Too many accidents have occurred in 2013 where under-aged Forklift operators have been injured or killed. Approximately 100 workers are killed, and 20,000 injured, each year in Forklift-related accidents. Only properly trained Forklift operators can be qualified to operate Powered Industrial Trucks. Total Equipment Training provides the needed Forklift training to help workers become qualified.

Total Equipment Training wants to help you keep current on all Safety Issues for heavy equipment operation, as well as Forklift training.

Call us today at 610-321-2679 to set up your Certification / Recertification training. 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 – 2/18/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…

It is vitally important that all NCCCO / CCO Certified operators keep note of their certification expiration date in order to keep your NCCCO / CCO license current. The NCCCO / CCO Certification process can be long and tedious. Thankfully, the certification is good for five year. Unfortunately, to maintain your NCCCO / CCO Certification, you must update it before the deadline. Recertification candidates must complete all recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their certification expiration date.

All NCCCO / CCO Certification candidates are permitted two attempts to pass their Recertification Core and Specialty Exams before their certification expires. Candidates may take their Recertification Written Exams up to one year prior to their certification’s expiration date. The Recertification Written Exam consists of a 40 multiple-choice question Core Examination, with a time limit of 45 minutes. Each Specialty Examination consists of 10 multiple-choice questions, with a 30 minute time limit for each exam. Four of the questions in each Specialty Exam are load chart questions. When you pass this recertification exam, you will receive your updated Certification Card, which is good for another five years.

Total Equipment Training wants to help you keep current on your NCCCO / CCO Certification. It is important that you recertify well before the expiration date approaches.

Call us today at 610-321-2679 to set up your Certification / Recertification training. 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 – 2/4/18

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…

With the movie Captain Phillips fresh on my mind, I’ve been thinking about another sea captain I happen to know. Captain Joe resides in Puerto Rico, but works in the Gulf of Mexico aboard a petroleum tanker. He has a lot of responsibilities that fill his day with stress. Captain Joe works for a company that wants to keep their captains up-to-date and knowledgeable, and possibly reduce their daily stress levels. So, Captain Joe got on a plane and came to us to take our class to become CCO certified. For several days, he sat in our classroom and learned what it would take to get his Small Hydraulic Crane (TSS) certification.

Captain Joe paid us a very high compliment. In a letter he wrote to us following his training, he stated we were never boring – he didn’t need a caffeine fix to keep him alert and engaged during the course! Our instructors are among the best in the industry and can provide on-site training as well as the corporate classroom experience.

We offer a wide variety of certifications here at Total Equipment Training including Small Fixed Cab Hydraulic Crane, Large Swing Hydraulic Crane, Rigger 1, and Signal Person; all of which would be useful for Captain Joe if he ever wants to come back again to further his education.

Call us today at 610-321-2679 to set up your Certification training. 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 – 1/21/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…

Here is the scoop about OSHA’s intent to extend crane operator compliance deadline for CCO Certification.

OSHA has announced that it will propose to extend the compliance date by three years to November 10, 2017.

The time extension will give the industry (contractors and certifying entities) time to meet compliance directive. We are pleased with OSHA’s announcement about this extension, and we will continue to cooperate with the agency to determine the best course of action to protect all workers and contractors.

While the Crane Regulation has been extended to 2017, please remember that the rule falls to your state (i.e., PA, NJ, NY all require all operators to be certified NOW)! Also please check the OSHA guidelines on some training that you may not be up to date on. Make sure you are in compliance.

Employer should keep a record of all safety training for each employee. Records can provide evidence of the employer’s good faith and compliance with OSHA standards. Employees must be able to clearly demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary skills or knowledge to function safely in the workplace.

Call today for your free estimate 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 – 1/7/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…

Here is the scoop about the upcoming deadline for CCO Certification.

The answer is a simple one. Crane operators involved in construction will be required to be certified by November 10, 2014 (in the state of PA you are not allowed to operate a crane unless you also hold your PA State License – which requires CCO certification first) per OSHA 1926.1427.

Even if you lift lighter loads, it is the crane’s maximum-rated capacity that must be 2,000 lbs. or less for you to be exempt from the requirements of 1926.1427. Employers are still responsible for training their operators on the safe operation of the type of equipment the operator will be using.

To pass the challenging written test and practical evaluations required to earn an OSHA-recognized certification, employers and crane operators need to choose wisely when selecting both a recognized certification and a complete and highly qualified preparatory training company.

Don’t let your company be part of next years’ statistics. Call today and make sure you are in compliance… Not only with your CCO certification needs, but for all your initial training and refreshers on all heavy equipment operator training, including crane inspections.

Call today for your free estimate 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 – 12/24/13

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…

Here is the scoop about forklift refresher training.

The answer is a simple one. An evaluation of an operator’s performance must be conducted (1) every three years or before, (2) that if the operator is found to be operating unsafely, (3) have been in an accident or near miss incident, (4) received a poor evaluation, (5) or when there are changes in the workplace or type of forklift used.

Forklift operators are regulated under OSHA 1910.178, Powered Industrial Trucks. OSHA estimates forklifts cause roughly 85 fatal accidents per year. So, over 11% of all forklifts in the United States will be involved in some kind of accident each year.

Proper training is the key to preventing accidents.

The employer must keep a copy of the hands on evaluation in each employees file, and they must be accessible to an OSHA compliance officer during an inspection. Failure of an employer to provide the certification records under these conditions would be cited under OSHA 1910.178(l)(6).

Don’t let your company be part of next years’ statistics. Call today and make sure you are in compliance… Not only with your forklift initial training and refreshers, but all heavy equipment operator training, crane inspections, and NCCCO certifications.

Call today for your free estimate 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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