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Powered Industrial Trucks

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Each year, tens of thousands of injuries related to powered industrial trucks (PIT), or forklifts, occur in US workplaces. Many employees are injured when lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks, lifts fall between docks and an unsecured trailer, they are struck by a lift truck, or when they fall while on elevated pallets and tines. Most incidents also involve property damage, including damage to overhead sprinklers, racking, pipes, walls, and machinery. Unfortunately, most employee injuries and property damage can be attributed to lack of safe operating procedures, lack of safety-rule enforcement, and insufficient or inadequate training.
forklift safety sticker It is a violation of Federal law for anyone UNDER 18 years of age to operate a forklift or for anyone OVER 18 years of age who is not properly trained and certified to do so. [More...]
The following questions link to information relevant to powered industrial trucks.
OSHA Standards What OSHA standards apply?
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Other Federal Standards What other federal agency standards apply?
National Consensus Standards What national consensus standards apply?
Hazards and Solutions What are the potential hazards and possible solutions associated with powered industrial trucks?
Potential Hazards | Possible Solutions
Additional Information What additional information is available?
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Forklift Information
  • These OSHA checklists are intended to assist in providing training on OSHA's powered industrial truck operator standards.
  • Preventing Forklift Fatalities in Teens. OSHA Teen Workers Safety and Health Topics Page. Includes links to a variety of information pertinent to forklifts, including downloadable safety stickers, investigations of fatal injuries, bulletins, and more.

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