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Figure 1. Overhead guard.
Figure 1. Overhead guard.

An overhead guard is designed to protect the operator from falling objects.

Overhead guard

Requirements and Recommended Practices

  • Use an overhead guard as protection against falling objects such as small packages, boxes, bagged material, etc., but not to withstand the impact of a falling capacity load. [29 CFR 1910.178(m)(9)]

  • Wear a hard hat when appropriate for additional protection.

  • Keep hands and feet within the forklift to avoid danger of falling loads.

  • Use a load backrest extension behind the forks whenever necessary to minimize the possibility of the load or part of it from falling rearward. [29 CFR 1910.178(m)(10)]

  • Equip all high-lift rider trucks, order-picker trucks and rough-terrain forklift trucks with an overhead guard manufactured in accordance with ANSI B56.1-1969, "Safety Standard for Low and High Lift Trucks," unless operating conditions do not permit. [29 CFR 1910.178(e)(1)]

  • As part of the daily inspection of the forklift, check the overhead guard for broken welds, missing bolts, or other damage.