MHS's Operator Safety Training program is led by our Director of Training and Development Guy Snowdy, a man whose credentials include over 30 years experience and extensive knowledge in the material handling and construction equipment industry - particularly powered industrial trucks, aerial lifts, cranes and rigging.
Earned Training Certifications
- Master Trainer
- Heavy Equipment Instructor
- Rigging Instructor
- Advanced Rigger
- Mobile Crane Instructor & Practical Examiner
- Lift Truck Instructor
- Core Curricula Instructor
- Rigger/Signal Person Practical Examiner
Certifications from the ACRP & Crane Institute
- Adult Learning Styles and Training Strategies
- Lift Director / Site Supervisor
- Big Rigging Slings
- Big Rigging Hardware
- Lift Planning: Normal/Critical
Mr. Snowdy has also received Craft Trainer Certifications on Construction Equipment by the National Center for Construction Education and Research.
Mr. Snowdy’s experience includes authoring thousands of customized site and job related training programs including hands on involvement in construction and general industry material handling systems layout, problem solving, accidents investigation, and system implementation of a wide range of construction and material handling and equipment solutions. He has worked on the front lines and in management positions.
Mr. Snowdy has a complete understanding of the regulatory and construction industry safety requirements and practices for the operation of Lift Trucks, Aerial Lifts, Cranes, Rigging and other construction equipment. Over the years, he has completed many OSHA training classes including OSHA outreach courses such as 500,501,502,503, more than a dozen professional certification programs as well as countless hours of self-study.
Along with writing and conducting thousands of training programs along with many civil and federal litigation cases for and against DOL/ OSHA as a Subject Matter Expert (SME). It has always been a personal and professional passion of his to improve the safety of operating material handling equipment.
In the early 1980’s, a client with an OSHA citation and large fine along with countless dollars in equipment and property damage challenged MHS. The process began with developing a more effective way to educate equipment operators in the safe use of material handling equipment. Up to that point, the only thing available was vague regulations, generic canned videos and slide programs. The approach that solved the problems was by properly educating the operators in the conditions that affect the control and handling of the equipment in a variety of their loads and workplace conditions. The most effective change was educating the operators in the real life limitations of the equipment and attachments they use every day.
In 1987 the Industrial Truck Association ( ITA ) started to look into the inadequacies of the existing OSHA regulation for powered industrial trucks. One of the key ITA objectives was to convince OSHA to change the guidelines for training. In 1988, the ITA petitioned OSHA with specific changes and training requirements compiled by material handling professionals like Guy Snowdy of MHS.
The final hearing was held on May 30, 1996 in Washington D.C. at which Mr. Snowdy testified as an industry expert. The final rule published on December 1, 1998.
Mr. Snowdy is an active member of OSHA's Outreach in General Industry and Construction Compliance Safety and Health. In addition to a wide range of Powered Industrial Truck, Aerial Lift, Crane, and Rigging training programs, conducted for several federal agencies and major corporations, he has conducted many seminars and workshops on the effect and compliance of the new regulations.