OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at https://www.osha.gov.

May 18, 1993

Mr. Henry J. Garbar
R. R. 1, Box #13
Franklin, Maine 04634

Dear Mr. Garbar:

This is in response to your letter of May 1, to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), regarding your personal injury claim against North American Van Lines.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, OSHA is responsible for ensuring that employers provide safe and healthful working conditions to their employees. OSHA has no statutory authority, however, over injuries that may occur to members of the public because of employee actions. In addition, the Department of Transportation, not OSHA, regulates most aspects of safety for over-the-road transport.

We regret that because of these limitations, we cannot be of assistance to you in this matter. Your best recourse may be to seek legal counsel regarding your personal injury claim.


Raymond E. Donnelly, Director
Office of General Industry Compliance Assistance