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OSHA Seeks Input on Powered Industrial Trucks

March 12, 2019
Agency wants to update standards for general, maritime and construction industries.

OSHA is seeking information as it considers updating its standards on powered industrial trucks.

National consensus standards for powered industrial trucks first became effective in 1971 and have been revised several times since their inception.

The agency is requesting feedback on the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks; maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of accidents and injuries associated with operating these machines; costs and benefits of retrofitting the machines with safety features; and other components of a safety program.  

OSHA defines powered industrial trucks as forklifts, fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks and other specialized industrial trucks powered by an electrical motor or an internal combustion engine. 

It plans to use responses to determine actions it will take to reduce regulatory burdens, improve worker safety and create jobs for general, maritime, and construction industries

Comments must be submitted on or before June 10, 2019 electronically at, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal or by facsimile or mail.

View the Federal Register notice for submission details. 

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