The CLARK S-SERIES lift truck is Built To Last® from the ground up. Durability of CLARK’s S-SERIES begins with the frame of the lift truck. That durability comes from features such as a one-piece fully-welded frame, heavy gauge steel, 5/8 inch thick durable fenders, integral tie-downs and more.
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?
While we lack the space to answer this question in full detail here, there are a few major approaches to providing a safe work environment that transcend industries, equipment and facilities. We outline these “hows and whys” of workplace safety below.
Since 1970, OSHA has worked to create a safer workplace for all employees, and their mission has been very successful. However, accidents still happen, and not only at companies willfully violating OSHA standards. Sometimes safety goes beyond meeting standards due to unique circumstances in certain operations.
The following are a few approaches to safety that have helped both large and small companies to achieve better workplace safety, fewer incidents and accidents, lower costs, more productivity and better workplace attitudes.
Safety is integrated with company mission
Safe companies put as much emphasis on doing things safely as on doing them productively. From day one, every employee knows they are working for a company that would rather they do their job safely than quickly. These employees will lockout a piece of equipment when something goes wrong, will replace light bulbs that need it instead of ignoring them and will report unsafe behavior or unsafe conditions.
Training never ends
Employees are involved in ongoing training – how to lift more safely, , how to operate a certain piece of equipment and so on. Your business is fluid: things change; equipment changes; and equipment, building space and employees are added. As your conditions change, your training must address these changes. Training for the safest work environments is never a one-time event or a two- or three-day training initiation. It is an ongoing pursuit of the safest possible work facility. It should be a goal of all employees to see that their coworkers go home safe every night.
Involvement at all levels
While involvement in a safe work environment must start from the corner office, the mission and strategy it is also important to ensure that every employee knows that they are involved and responsible. It is a good idea to create safety teams for every facet of your business, to revolve people in and out of those teams, and to have them conduct frequent facility or department reviews to identify potential threats. The most successful companies have reward systems for reporting anything that could be a potential threat, even if it is as minor as a sharp corner on a coat rack. This keeps all employees engaged in creating a safe work environment.
Once you have established your safety mission and mapped out your strategy, everyone involved must be held accountable. No one can shirk their safety responsibilities. If a sharp corner on a coat rack is missed and someone gets cut, find out why no one noticed. Are they doing regular inspections? If safety standards are not being met, it is the leadership’s job to find out why and fix it. Everyone must know that if an accident happens on their watch, it must be accounted for and a plan must be designed to ensure that it will not happen again.
A truly safe, productive and profitable workplace is attained through ongoing efforts, and these are just a few of the major strategies that play out in successful organizations. We encourage you to seek the assistance of OSHA, NIOSH or other private safety consultants to help you organize and strategize your safety plans.
If there is anything we can help you with in regard to your equipment and its operators, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you!
|Building on over 100 years of lift truck innovations, design and industry firsts. The evolution continues…. The CLARK S-Series, the next generation of lift trucks.|
CLARK’s design standards have historically led the industry in innovation and firsts; the S-Series represents the next phase of lift truck design.
CLARK Trucks are “Built to Last”; from their industry designs to legacy dealers, their combined strengths ensure a strong performance to your bottom line with lower cost of ownership.
CLARK makes your safety their priority. Safety has been a cornerstone of CLARK design standards for over 100 years. Their standards became the industry standards. The S-Series innovates again with standard features, including:
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|Cleveland, Ohio – All Lift Service Co. has been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award for 2018! This is the FOURTH consecutive year that All Lift has earned an MVP Award from the industry’s trade association, MHEDA
(Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association). To be among the less than 7% of the association’s membership earning the award, All Lift successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism and good stewardship.
Award recipients must satisfy a rigorous set of criteria with less than 10% of the association’s membership earning the award. As a 2018 MVP, All Lift has successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism and good stewardship.
To qualify for the annual MVP Award companies are required to provide evidence of their commitment to their partners in business including their customers, employees and suppliers. They must satisfy criteria in the following important areas:
“We are all very proud to receive this distinction from MHEDA for the fourth consecutive year” John L. Gelsimino, President All Lift Service Company. “It is a direct result of the hard work, planning and processes of all of our employees”Gelsimino added. Further, Gelsimino pointed out that earning MVP distinction for four consecutive years demonstrates a commitment to excellent customer service not seen in most material handling equipment distributors.
“MHEDA MVP winners represent the very best in dealership management,” said Buddy Smith, MHEDA’s 2017 Chairman of the Board and CEO of CMH Services in Columbia SC., Inc. “These dealers have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their business.”
All Lift Service Company, based in the eastern Cleveland area is a full-service material handling company featuring CLARK and Komatsu forklifts, service and parts for all makes and models of forklift, rentals and training. Learn more about All Lift at our website.
The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor. MHEDA represents close 650 companies in the material handling equipment business. Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices. For more information, visit www.mheda.org.
Industrial trucks and forklift sales are directly tied to our economy. When our economy does well, more forklifts are required to move the goods ordered by customers and end-users. Conversely, when a downturn occurs, forklift sales drop, sometimes dramatically as they did with the recession of 2009. What few people understood until now, the economic impact these forklifts make on our economy. Recently the Industrial Truck Association in conjunction with Oxford Economics researched the topic, and below are some of the significant findings.
- Industrial truck manufactures generate 209,600 jobs in the US, directly and indirectly.
- The economic impact of forklift on the US economy is $25.7 billion dollars. Here in Ohio forklifts generate over $2.4 billion dollars to our state economy.
- Over $15 billion of that contribution is a result jobs that support forklift sales and service such as service technicians, the parts that are made and sold and installed on forklifts, training centers etc…
- The Bureau of Labor and Statistic (BLS) estimates that there are about 540,000 industrial truck operators in the US.
- There are over 200,000 forklifts sold annually in the US.
- Over 1 million forklifts are sold around the world each year.
- The industrial truck industry generate about $5.3 billion dollars in state and local taxes. Here in Ohio, state and local taxes are over $1791 million dollars.
As you can see, when we sell a forklift we create a lot of work not only here at All Lift Service Inc., but for our customers, their customers and the impact is felt all throughout our state and national economy.
In October of 2015 the employees of CLARK wanted to do something very special during the celebration of their Centennial Celebration, so they settled upon raising funds to build a Habitat for Humanity home. Their goal was $30,000 to be matched by CLARK if they achieved this goal. They were pleased to announce that a year later, they had raised the $30,000 and CLARK matched their funds to become the sole sponsor for a home to be built for the Alvarez family.
Groundbreaking for the home commenced in March of 2016 and construction volunteers included 68 CLARK employees, 18 family members and friends of the Alvarez family. A little over a year later, on June 24th, 2017 the new home was dedicated and the Alvarez family moved in the following week.
Fund raising by the CLARK employees included raffles, car washes, silent auctions, Hairy for the Holidays competition and simply by eating chocolate! One of the fund raising included the raffling of a new CLARK Goat recreational vehicle. All Lift’s President, John L. Gelsimino was the winner of the GOAT and couldn’t believe it. “I’m shocked, I never win anything” John exclaimed as he was told he was the winner. It didn’t take much time at all for John to come to the realization that the GOAT would be much better utilized by a caring organization like Habitat, so he asked if they could use it. Tears of joy ran down the faces of Dana Stefaniak and Rachel Childress of Habitat as they accepted the generous gift.
It’s a great story, everyone wins and All Lift is proud to be a partner of a company like CLARK and glad we could play a part in the success of the event, and Habitat for Humanity. Below is a picture of John L. Gelsimino, his father, our founder, Dana and Rachel of Habitat for Humanity and two members of the Alvarez family.