Lightening the Load

Lightening the Load

May 25, 2017
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The material handling industry has a myriad of different personalities. I’ve been conducting SOTM since October 2016. I’ve met a lot of interesting individuals in my time presenting the training, and try my best to make a personal connection with each operator and assist in anyway I can.

Safety On The Move (SOTM) forklift operator training promotes increased confidence and a professional attitude on the job. Training also contributes to a reduction in risk to oneself and to others on the job. Although the SOTM training is a standard presentation, it always varies based on how many forklift operators are attending and also the level of experience.  I always look forward to meeting new operators and learning from them.  I’ve learned to always keep an open mind when walking into a training session. Sometimes operators have a look on their face that says they don’t want to be there & other times new people are excited to get OSHA certification as a forklift operator. I too am excited to see the brand new operators that are open to new concepts.  It can be challenging to engage the more experienced operators.  They are familiar with a high percentage of the material so participation from them can be interesting to say the least. Regardless, I always relish the opportunity to present SOTM. Interacting with people in a training setting has always been a passion of mine. 

 

The material handling industry has a myriad of different personalities.  I’ve been conducting SOTM since October 2016.  I’ve met a lot of interesting individuals in my time presenting the training, and try my best to make a personal connection with each operator and assist in anyway I can. 

 

Typically, training's start at 9 or 10:00am depending on the availability of the operators.  Last week I had a training session scheduled with a customer for 6:30am. I had a bit of anxiety due to the early wake time and the hour-fifteen minute drive.  Regardless of my fatigue and anxiety, I entered the training with a positive attitude and an open mind.  This particular training only had two operators in it.  Both operators had plenty of experience, yet had not operated a forklift in a few years. This training turned into a very personal one. The small size of the class led to an intimate discussion.  Operators shared some personal things that led them back to working on a forklift.  Neither operator thought that they would ever be back to working in a warehouse. The conversation went in many different directions.  I did a great amount of listening in order to provide some positive feedback and also learn life lessons. 

 

One would never think of forklift operator training as the type of training that elicits emotion out of people, but this one did.  I learned that all different types of people have issues and personal difficulties that they have to deal with.  It was rewarding to listen and provide a bit of a distraction from the real world.  We immersed ourselves in forklift operation and they both learned how to operate new trucks.  I walked out with a sense of gratitude and humility for the opportunity to deliver a training that helped the operators both personally and professionally.

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