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September 11, 2000

Kenneth D. Green
Material Handling of Tennessee, Inc.
P.O. Box 1207
Mt. Juliet, TN 37121

Dear Mr. Green:

Thank you for your January 6, 2000 letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Directorate of Compliance Programs. You have questions regarding OSHA's requirements for vertical battery restraints in electric powered industrial trucks. Your several questions can be answered as follows:

In General Industry, safety requirements for reinstalling batteries in electric powered industrial trucks are found at 29 CFR §1910.178(g)(5). This paragraph requires that "reinstalled batteries shall be properly positioned and secured in the truck [emphasis added]." Accordingly, batteries in all electric powered industrial trucks covered by the standard must be secured in place both horizontally and vertically when the truck is in use.

Thank you for your interest in occupational safety and health. We hope you find this information helpful. Please be aware that OSHA's enforcement guidance is subject to periodic review and clarification, amplification, and correction. Such guidance could also be affected by subsequent rulemaking. In the future, should you wish to verify that the guidance herein remains current, you may consult OSHA's website at If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Office of General Industry Compliance Assistance at 202-693-1850.

Sincerely yours,

Richard E. Fairfax, Director
Directorate of Compliance Programs