The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking public input as it updates standards for powered industrial trucks for the general, maritime, and construction industries.

The standards governing what are commonly referred to as lift trucks or forklifts became effective in 1971 and have been updated several times.

OSHA is requesting information on:

  • the types, age, and uses of powered industrial trucks;
  • maintenance and retrofitting;
  • how to regulate older powered industrial trucks;
  • the types of accidents and injuries associated with operating these machines;
  • the cost and benefits of retrofitting them with safety measures;
  • and other components of a safety program.

OSHA will use the information to determine what action, if any, it may take to reduce regulatory burdens and create jobs while improving worker safety.

The deadline to submit comments is June 9.

Comments may be submitted via email or regular mail.

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

As a service to members, CBIA regularly provides seminars on training for powered industrial trucks.

The next one, a three-hour session scheduled for April 26 in Windsor, allows your company to have a certified, in-house powered industrial truck trainer.