If you have ever had the above thought, the Agency has an offer for you. OSHA is requesting information on potential rulemaking to update the standards for powered industrial trucks used in the general, construction, and maritime industries. OSHA is requesting information 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.
It is really important that employers and employees comment on this proposed update to the standard. The current general industry standard, 1910.178, is based on a 1969 consensus standard.
Compliance Assistance Specialist
Madison OSHA Office