MH Equipment Blog


  • NACCO Receives Carolina Star Safety Award!

    NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), Greenville, N.C., the maker of Hyster and Yale lift trucks, was awarded the Carolina Star Safety Award at a ceremony on Aug. 2 that was hosted by the North Carolina Department of Labor.

    In order to qualify for the award, a company needs to pass an initial assessment to prove its facilities are safe, healthy and productive work environments. NMHG joins a group of 135 North Carolina sites that received the award.

    “NMHG would like to express our gratitude to the North Carolina Department of Labor and Pitt County (North Carolina) Chamber of Commerce,” says John Gardiner, general manager Americas Manufacturing, NMHG. “We are incredibly honored and humbled to be named a Carolina Star Safety Award recipient and join the ranks of Kimberly-Clarke, Pfizer, Frito-Lay and Georgia Pacific, to name a few. It has been a wonderful year of safety milestones for our company, and we couldn’t have done it without our dedicated employees.”

    In addition to receiving the Carolina Star Safety Award at the ceremony, NMHG was honored with the North Carolina Department of Labor Million-Hour Safety Award and Gold Safety Award for the seventh consecutive year.

    Million-Hour Safety Awards are given to firms that accumulate one million employee hours with no case of injury or illness involving days away from work. Last year, NMHG reached three-million hours without a lost time accident in its Greenville, N.C., facility. Gold Safety Awards include cases of days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer.

    Courtesy of http://www.cdrecycler.com

  • IT Team Highlight – Meet Mark Miller

    A new series on our MH Equipment blog will be to highlight members of our IT team. This week we are highlighting Mark Miller from our Louisville branch.

    We are proud to highlight Mark Miller who has been with our MH family for the past fourteen years! Mark is an instrumental part of our IT team with his main responsibilities being for Microsoft and NACCO software. This means that Mark will likely be the person to assist you should you need help or have issues with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc), Mocha, or the NACCO dealer sites.   He is currently in the process of obtaining his Microsoft certification on Windows 7 in order to better serve his internal customers!

    Before coming to MH Equipment, Mark spent some time in the IT department of a local furniture manufacturer. He says that he actually never even applied for the job here - he had a friend that worked for a staffing company who sent in his resume. The next thing he knew, he was being called in for an interview!

    Mark says that the thing he likes most about working for MH is definitely the people! He has known several since his first day here and considers some to be almost family. When asked what his most rewarding and satisfying experience has been during his tenure at MH Equipment, Mark says that helping the former Shipping Utilities and Gammon employees join the MH family was very rewarding. A close second was then he won the closest to the hole competition at one of our company golf scrambles – on his very first game!  

    Home improvement projects and farm land management are a couple of Mark’s many hobbies along with hiking and camping on his back forty. Mark also likes to spend time with his 20-year-old son who he has raised nearly single-handedly since he was 2 – “Since my son has been 16, we’ve spent a lot more time keeping his car running than anything.” Mark says.  

    When asked what person in history he would like to have dinner with, Mark responded “Isaac Asimov – he’s probably the most prolific and diverse author of the 20th century.” (Did you know that Isaac Asimov has written or edited more than 500 science fiction and popular science books according to wikipedia?!)

    And finally – one unique thing that most people would never guess about Mark is that he used to wear an earring and ride a motorcycle! … I think I might need to see a picture of that! 

    Please join me in thanking Mark for all his hard work and dedication as a member of our IT team! Remember to enter an IT ticket for all your Microsoft and NACCO software issues – and be expecting a phone call or email from Mark in response!

  • Don’t Hurry, Be Happy!

    “It’s better to arrive late in this world than early in the next.” 

    Hurrying is a common cause of injuries and one of the main reasons we forget to be Safe in the Moment. Hurrying is the reason we:

     Whether at work or at home, it is hard to stop and take the time to do an activity safely unless we consider the possible outcome.

     For example:

     We hurry when we are trying to catch up. Feeling rushed takes up space in your brain and can lead to a mistake. The control for this easily-but-seldom-dealt-with hazard is to slow down, think about what you are doing, and do it safe in this moment.

     The reality of hurrying through any job is that it leads to mistakes. Mistakes lead to injuries and an inferior product. 

    Remember to Be Safe in the Moment – Don’t Hurry, Be Happy!

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    2005 Hyster S50FT

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    This feature is currently located at our Cincinnati Branch. Call 513-681-2200 for more information or fill out a contact form, here.

  • Best of the Best!

    Three of MH Equipment’s divisions have been honored as MHEDA’s Best of the Best!

    MHEDA is proud to recognize its members who have been identified by their manufacturers and suppliers as Top Distributors. MHEDA distributors are routinely ranked among the best in the material handling industry.” (www.themhedajournal.com)

    Congratulations to all those honored and especially to our MH teams located in Des Moines, Peoria, and Cincinnati!

    Check out the entire list!

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    For Sale: 2003 Hyster H50XM-C

    This piece of used equipment is currently located at our Indianapolis Branch. For more information on the feature, please call 317-240-6300 or submit a contact form, here. If you’re looking for other used material handling equipment, visit our website and search according to your needs.

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  • Meet Jim Willis

    Jim Willis is our Material Handling Specialist at our East Peoria,Illinois Branch where he has successfully managed the East Peoria, Ottawa, and Decatur area for the past 14 years. Before coming to MH, Jim marketed industrial engines for Ford Power Products, a division of Ford Motor Company. “I sold some parts to MH at the old Peoria branch one day and the parts manager at the time told me that MH was recently purchased and was looking for an aftermarket rep. I put in my application and the rest is history!

    When asked what he likes most about working for MH Equipment, Jim said “I really enjoy my colleagues at work especially the sales team. I work with a group of people that you can count on. We have a really good camaraderie among the sales group. We really support each other. Being at MH for 14 years, it is so awesome to have been a part of its growth. I think MH is really passionate about the communities and the people it serves!”

    On a personal side, Jim is happily married with a son from a previous marriage who is 16 and two step daughters and step grandkids. His son is very active in sports, so Jim attends a lot of football and basketball games. “Until recently, I forgot just how fun attending high school sporting events was!” Jim also likes to spend time with his family, especially during the holidays with Thanksgiving being his favorite. Jim is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but says that a good burger or BBQ will always get his attention!

    Something that not everyone knows about Jim is that he is a passionate musician and actually plays in several local bands in the Peoria area and his church. “I have been a musician pretty much all of my life. I started playing drums when I was 6 years old and started playing professionally in bands when I was 12. Music and drumming are a big part of my life. I enjoy it as much today as I did when I first started playing. I’m a believer that you’re never too old for learning or doing something you’re passionate about.”  When asked if there was a particular musician that Jim would like to have dinner with, he replied “I was actually asked this question awhile ago and above all of the famous musicians I would have like to have met, I still say my dad. He passed away when I was 16 and I would love just to sit down with him and have a long talk. We have some catching up to do.”

    Jim says that although he hates to admit it, he’s been a pathetic Cubs fan all his life. Apparently when you’re born into his family, you cheer for the Cubs. He loves Wrigley Field and attending games at the friendly confines! He also enjoys Bears football and Illini basketball.

     Please join me in thanking Jim for his years of service to MH Equipment! Keep up the good work!

  • Prevent Fatigue!

    Thousands of people each day feel the effects of fatigue while at work. Fatigue in the workplace is a genuine concern because  it can cause so many accidents to occur. 

    What Are the Possible Causes of Fatigue?

    Fatigue can be caused by a number of things. Below is a list of the most common causes for fatigue at work.


    How Does Fatigue Effect Your Ability To Work?


    What Are The Symptoms of Fatigue At Work?


    Preventing Fatigue At Work

    There are certain things you can do to help prevent fatigue at work. The list below will help you prevent any accidents from fatigue while you are at work.


    Always remember to Be Safe in the Moment – Prevent Fatigue!

    Thank you Workplace Safety Experts for the Preventing Fatigue in the Workplace tips! http://workplacesafetyexperts.com/office-safety/preventing-fatigue-in-the-workplace/

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    The past two weeks, we have been featuring a piece of used equipment on our Facebook Fan Page. Here is today’s ReSale Feature of the Week:

    2008 Hyster S40FTS

    If interested or want more information, fill out a contact form or call our Davenport Branch at (563) 381-9989. For more ReSale options, visit our website. Please consider subscribing to our blog if you’re interested in learning more about our used equipment. [slideshow]

  • Meet Erik James

     Erik James is our newest Material Handling Specialist at our Columbus,Ohio Branch. He just recently joined us in February of this year, so I guess he can technically still be considered a ‘newbie’.  Erik was recruited to MH Equipment by Brian Wolfe, our Construction Equipment Specialist in the Cincinnati area, from Hilti, Inc. where he was a Civil Specialist selling civil engineering equipment to the construction industry.

    During his time at MH Equipment, Erik says that the thing he likes most about working for MH is the people he gets to work with on a daily basis; and he says that his most memorable experience thus far was his first Hyster sale to a Columbus trucking company.

    When he’s not working, Erik likes to spend time with his beautiful wife Bergen Lynn and their two children, Becket who is 3 and Zoe who is 1. Together they like spending time at the pool or Buckeye Lake (Ohio’s oldest state park!). Erik is also considered the ‘get-together’ guy in his social circle – frequently organizing and planning social events. Finally, when he’s not organizing social events or spending time with family, you can find Erik snow skiing or watching his favorite baseball team, the Cleveland Indians, play ball. (When asked why they were his favorite team, Erik simply replied “Because I’m a glutton for punishment….” Ouch.)

    Erik says that Kurt Cobain is the one person in history that he would like to have dinner with. “There really isn’t a deep meaning behind wanting to have dinner with Kurt Cobain, I just grew up listening to his music and he was very influential in my childhood.  I’d like to ask him what was so wrong in his life that he needed to end it.  Most musicians love music, make good money and entertain people, or want to change the way society feels and thinks about issues at hand…he accomplished all three during and after his life.”

    Please join me in welcoming aboard Erik James to the MH family – we look forward to his many years at MH Equipment!

  • A Forklift Safety Awareness Quiz – Answers!

    How familiar are you with forklifts and their safe operation? Take this quiz and find out. (Answers below in RED)


    1.) It is very easy to tip over on ramps and sloped surfaces whether the forklift is loaded or unloaded.
    a.) True. b.) False.

    2.) When driving on ramps with a grade of 10 percent or more with a loaded forklift, you must always keep the load uphill, even if it means driving in reverse down the ramp.
    a.) True. b.) False.

    3.) Because a forklift weighs more, it is much easier to brake to a stop than an automobile.
    a.) True. b.) False.

    4.) A forklift driver must always look…
    a.) In the mirrors.
    b.) Around his/her load.
    c.) In the direction of travel.
    d.) Forward.

    5.) What should you do when you approach an intersection?
    a.) Slow down and sound the horn.
    b.) Check for hazards by leaning out of the cab.
    c.) Turn slowly and smoothly.
    d.) Get through as quickly as possible.

    6.) To lift people using a forklift, the operator must…
    a.) Lift people with bare forks.
    b.) Use a pallet to provide a platform.
    c.) Move a truck near a wall for fall protection.
    d.) None of the above.

    7.) When forward visibility is obstructed or blocked…
    a.) Look around the load.
    b.) Proceed forward slowly and with due caution.
    c.) Drive in reverse.
    d.) None of the above.

    8.) Never enter a trailer or railroad car unless…
    a.) The watchman is present.
    b.) The forklift’s fuel tank and battery are fully charged.
    c.) The trailer or railcar is locked in place with wheel chocks.
    d.) There is a spotter inside the trailer or railroad car.

    9.) A forklift operator’s first concern should be…
    a.) Increasing the speed of loading and unloading.
    b.) Making sure the vehicle is in safe working condition.
    c.) Checking shift changes for the load/unload schedule.
    d.) Stabilizing the forks on all trucks used in a shift.

    10.) Which of the following is a warning sign that the forklift may need to be taken out of service and repaired?
    a.) Leaks for the fuel system.
    b.) A brake pedal that feels spongy.
    c.) Exhaust fumes that make you feel sick.
    d.) All of the above.

    How many wrong answers are permissible? In the workplace: zero.
    Whenever forklift drivers perform their duties incorrectly, such incidents open the door to accidents, injuries or death, which in turn can lead to workers’ compensation expenses, lost productivity, raised insurance premiums, lowered employee morale, and penalties from OSHA.

    “When every forklift operator at your company has passed a training and certification program that observes OSHA regulations,” said Mr. Mangan, “you’ve taken a major step toward fostering a safer workplace.”

    Thank you to MANCOMM Video Series trainer’s instruction manual for these throught provoking questions. Call MH Equipment to learn more about our Operator Safety Training classes at 888-564-2191 or contact us at training@mhequipment.com.

    Remember to Be Safe in the Moment!

  • A Forklift Safety Awareness Quiz

    How familiar are you with forklifts and their safe operation? Take this quiz and find out. (Answers will be provided on tomorrow’s blog posting!)

      
    1.) It is very easy to tip over on ramps and sloped surfaces whether the forklift is loaded or unloaded.
    a.)  True.    b.) False.
     
    2.) When driving on ramps with a grade of 10 percent or more with a loaded forklift, you must always keep the load uphill, even if it means driving in reverse down the ramp.
    a.)  True.    b.) False.
     
    3.) Because a forklift weighs more, it is much easier to brake to a stop than an automobile.
    a.)  True.    b.) False.
     
    4.) A forklift driver must always look…
    a.) In the mirrors.
    b.) Around his/her load.
    c.) In the direction of travel.
    d.) Forward.
     
    5.) What should you do when you approach an intersection?
    a.) Slow down and sound the horn.
    b.) Check for hazards by leaning out of the cab.
    c.) Turn slowly and smoothly.
    d.) Get through as quickly as possible.
     
    6.) To lift people using a forklift, the operator must…
    a.) Lift people with bare forks.
    b.) Use a pallet to provide a platform.
    c.) Move a truck near a wall for fall protection.
    d.) None of the above.
     
    7.) When forward visibility is obstructed or blocked…
    a.) Look around the load.
    b.) Proceed forward slowly and with due caution.
    c.) Drive in reverse.
    d.) None of the above.
     
    8.) Never enter a trailer or railroad car unless…
    a.) The watchman is present.
    b.) The forklift’s fuel tank and battery are fully charged.
    c.) The trailer or railcar is locked in place with wheel chocks.
    d.) There is a spotter inside the trailer or railroad car.
     
    9.) A forklift operator’s first concern should be…
    a.) Increasing the speed of loading and unloading.
    b.) Making sure the vehicle is in safe working condition.
    c.) Checking shift changes for the load/unload schedule.
    d.) Stabilizing the forks on all trucks used in a shift.
     
    10.) Which of the following is a warning sign that the forklift may need to be taken out of service and repaired?
    a.) Leaks for the fuel system.
    b.) A brake pedal that feels spongy.
    c.) Exhaust fumes that make you feel sick.
    d.) All of the above.
     
    How many wrong answers are permissible? In the workplace: zero.
    Whenever forklift drivers perform their duties incorrectly, such incidents open the door to accidents, injuries or death, which in turn can lead to workers’ compensation expenses, lost productivity, raised insurance premiums, lowered employee morale, and penalties from OSHA.

    “When every forklift operator at your company has passed a training and certification program that observes OSHA regulations,” said Mr. Mangan, “you’ve taken a major step toward fostering a safer workplace.”

    Thank you to MANCOMM Video Series trainer’s instruction manual for these throught provoking questions. Call MH Equipment to learn more about our Operator Safety Training classes at 888-564-2191 or contact us at training@mhequipment.com.

    Remember to Be Safe in the Moment!

  • Be Safe in the Moment!

    It is important to be Safe in the Moment to avoid accidents and injuries. By following the safety tips below you can maintain a safe work environment.


    Focus on the Task at hand
    !

    1. Set the stage:  Have all your tools set up in your work station so you do not have to continually go searching for them.

    2. One task at a time:  Work on one item at a time and put everything else away. If you are working on a computer close all windows but the one you are working on.

    3. Envision the outcome:  Picture the end result in your mind, and work your way back. What do you have to do, how you do it, and where you need to start.

    4. Eliminate outside distractions:  Keep your workspace clean.

    5. Be present:  Think about what you are doing and not the deadlines or the church picnic on the weekend.
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    REMEMBER
    Focus on being Safe in the Moment. Many accidents occur because of carelessness. By applying the principles above you can stay safe!

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    FOR SALE: 2008 Hyster E40HSD

    Call  888-564-2191 if interested or fill out an online contact form. For new and used equipment, visit our website.

  • Meet: Matt Guye

    Each Friday, our goal is to highlight one employee within the MH Equipment family. This week, we want you to meet Matt Guye, our Big Trucks and Speciality Equipment Salesman from the Cincinnati Branch.

    How long have you worked for the company and which branch do you work at?

    I have worked at MH Equipment – since Jan. 2003, and our predecessor (Hyster MidEast) since Nov. 2001.

    What did you do before you came to MH?

    I previously worked for a moving and storage company and prior to that another material handling company focused on Dock Equipment Sales.  Overall, I have been in the material handling and logistics business for nearly 20 years. 

    What has been your most rewarding, satisfying or proudest sales experience you’ve had since joining MH?

    One of my first used equipment sales was my most rewarding experience.  We had a great price on a well equipped pneumatic truck.  Then the customer also asked for a custom paint color, which we were able to provide as well.  The truck sits outside at the customer’s location and I still drive by and show it to the kids!

    Tell us about your family.

    My wife and I have been married for nearly 18 years.  We have five kids from sixteen down to four.  That keeps us busy.  We enjoy outdoor and sporting activities.  The kids play – or played – soccer, basketball, football, baseball, softball, and t-ball.  My wife’s favorite sport is swimming in the summer – all five kids are at the same meet, so we can see everyone’s event. 

    Our family adventures are legendary and have included nature hikes through the woods, through marshes, and sand dunes, plus bike trips, canoeing, etc.  Some of these have turned out better than others!      

    What are your specialties, or your area of expertise?

    Most of my duties have been as a Material Handling Specialist with key account and fleet management responsibilities.   These have given me the opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of our customers’ leasing arrangements, maintenance requirements, and replacement considerations.

    Recently, I have been named to the Big Trucks and Specialty Equipment position, which is allowing me to parlay that experience into a new area.  

     What are your hobbies?

    I run occasionally – though not as often as I should!  I did complete a couple of marathons and I annually run the community 10K on July 4th.  It’s hilly and usually hot.

    I’m also a pretty big sports fan and still go see my high school football team once or twice a year, plus occasional Notre Dame football, Xavier basketball, and Cincinnati Reds games.    

    Favorite food?

    Ice Cream – though I don’t turn down much.  My wife makes some really good homemade pizza, too.

    What one person in history would you like to have dinner with?

    I hate trying to pinpoint an answer to this, but if I had to narrow it down, I would have to say Jesus Christ.  I can think of no other single person that had a greater impact on our civilization, so there would be some really cool “history” questions to ask.  Add to that the spiritual dimension and I would have plenty to discuss.  I only hope I would not get intimidated or tongue tied and that we’d have an intelligent conversation! 

    What do you like most about working for MH?

    I really like the people!  I enjoy the fact that MH Equipment’s Vision, Mission and Values put people first and that the leadership team aspires to demonstrate that “People Matter”.  It’s very empowering to have the company’s priorities aligned with my own – or more specifically where mine should be. 

    And finally, something unique that most people don’t know about you?

    In 1984, I played in the first high school football game in the then Hoosier Dome.  We were the on the undercard the night before the Saturday dedication game between Purdue and Notre Dame, which I also got to see.  I think we played there before the Colts did.