ICL Hammond Hosts Fork Truck Rodeo and Safety Training
The Hammond Plant experienced a safety shutdown on Monday, June 12th to conduct fork truck training and a lively event called the "yeehaw" rodeo. An inspector from Atlas Toyota initiated the day by conducting a classroom session and a proficiency test for the entire production team.
Following the morning activities, a delightful BBQ luncheon was served, featuring burgers, hot dogs, salads, desserts, and various condiments. Afterward, the operators were provided with cowboy-style hard hats that adhered to ANSI standards. They were then challenged to perform a pre-inspection of the fork trucks and identify any operational issues. Furthermore, an obstacle course was set up to evaluate their proficiency and maneuvering abilities.
The operators' performance was assessed based on their completion time and ability to avoid obstacles. Demerits were given for missed inspection issues and instances of collision or damage to construction cones. Additionally, extra credits were awarded to those who successfully carried a basketball between the forks and hit a target consisting of three barrels placed on a loading ramp.
Everyone had a great time at the event! Special congratulations to Bill Russell for winning the 2023 forklift trophy and receiving steaks from our local butcher. Runners-up included Jose Munoz and Paul Olivares. We are eagerly looking forward to our next rodeo.