Reduce Damage & Abuse

Problem or Challenge

The developers of canned, one size fits all training programs are not addressing the actual causes of damage and abuse to your facility.  Some examples of these shortcomings are the flow of materials, differing load configurations, site specific requirements in a facility along with what type of equipment is used and how it is used. The task of preventing damage is impossible by simply allowing the operators to be more reactive to loads and conditions rather than proactive.

Common Cause

Most damage caused by the operation of lift equipment occurs during the transporting of materials and maneuvering equipment in and around a facility. Looking at most facilities where damage occurs such as Damages are most frequently observed around storage racks, poles, walls, doors, guard rails, production equipment, lifts equipment, materials, finished product and even people. In fact, most damage occurs from about 7’ down because the lift is stopped or nearly stopped when picking or placing loads.

Material handling equipment of all types have set space operating requirements. It is imperative that every lift operator is trained and has demonstrated the skill set to pivot, right angle stack in a pick aisle and stack material in the smallest space that they will be exposed to. Simple put, paint scratches and other damages inflicted to equipment and environments are NOT caused by operating the equipment in too big of space, but in a space that the operator did not have the training, skill set or control to prevent the damage.

Operating equipment within its limitations is based on specific load and environment challenges. For an example: If a 5000LBS lift can operate in a 12’ space with the rear wheels making contact with the ground 100% of the time, how much space is need to operate if the rear wheels only make contact 98% of the time? The result is the space requirement of more than 12’.

If you ask most lift operators if they ever experienced the rear wheels not making contact with the ground 100% of the time the answer would most often be YES.

Teaching operators the cause and effect of changing load centers on load, ground, or other condition allows the operator to judge space conditions better proactively verse reactive with negative results.

Meet the Trainer

MHS Safety Training's Operator Safety Training program is led and developed by Guy Snowdy whose credentials include over 30 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the material handling and construction equipment industries, particularly powered industrial trucks, aerial lifts, cranes, and rigging equipment.

"Guy’s willingness to tailor the training to our specific needs and the needs of our operators is what truly sets him apart. He picks up on things, sees them and tweaks them to make sure our team understands and is always learning."

- Steve Hess, VP of Safety
Heico Construction Group