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OSHA seeks comments regarding powered industrial trucks standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking input as the agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards for the general, maritime and construction industries, according to www.osha.gov. The standards took effect in 1971 and were based on industry consensus standards from 1969. Since then, national consensus standards have been updated several times.

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

OSHA is requesting information regarding the types, ages and use of powered industrial trucks; maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of accidents and injuries associated with operating the trucks; costs and benefits of retrofitting the trucks with safety features; and other components of a safety program. OSHA will use the information received to determine whether to take action to reduce regulatory burdens and improve worker safety.