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Through the Alliance, OSHA and AEM will work together to provide rough terrain forklift or telehandler owners and operators with information, guidance, and access to training resources in multiple languages that will help them protect construction employees' health and safety. The Alliance will focus on hazards related to operating telehandlers in the workplace, such as ground conditions, machine mobility and overloading, as well as hoisting employees improperly. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and Education:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for telehandler operators and "workers on foot," and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
Outreach and communication:
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AEM's conferences, seminars, or other events such as ConExpo-ConAgg and World of Asphalt.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AEM's best practices or effective approaches, including the use of pictorials and publicize results through outreach by AEM and through OSHA- or AEM-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects, including those associated with operating telehandlers, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace hazards, including those associated with operating telehandlers, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Release

Activities and Events

  • May 5-11, 2013: 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2013 Theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone."
  • May 6-12, 2012: 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2012 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2012 Theme: "Safety, What Every Business Needs."
  • May 1-7, 2011: 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety."

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Designated/Certified Operators Only Decal (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Alliance, AEM developed a decal to affix to cranes to remind operators that only owner designated and properly certified individuals should be allowed to operate the equipment. (2011, June).
  • Employer-Certified Operators Only Decal (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Alliance, AEM developed a decal to affix to rough terrain forklifts to remind operators that only properly qualified individuals should be allowed to operate the equipment. (2010, July).
  • Personnel Work Platforms: Preventing Rough-Terrain Forklift Accidents (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Alliance, AEM developed a best practices bulletin providing general safety guidelines on the operation of rough-terrain forklifts equipped with a personnel work platform. (2011, September).
  • Preventing Rough Terrain Forklift Accidents Best Practices Bulletin English (PDF*), Portuguese (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Alliance, AEM developed a best practices bulletin providing users of rough terrain forklifts with information to prevent injury or death when operating rough terrain forklifts and addressing how to prevent overturn and run-over accidents. (2008, March; Portuguese translation 2010, May; Spanish translation 2011, May).
  • "See and Be Seen" Best Practices Bulletin (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Alliance, AEM developed a best practice bulletin intended to prevent job site accidents by making workers more aware of the job site and equipment around them. (2012, September).
  • "To See" Best Practices Bulletin English (PDF*), Portuguese (PDF*), Spanish (DOC*). Through the OSHA and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Alliance, AEM developed a best practices bulletin addressing critical issues to be aware of when operating rough terrain forklifts. (2009, December; Portuguese translation 2011, May; Spanish translation 2012, April).
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Additional Resources

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