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• Standard Number: 1910.178(a)(4)
• Status: Archived

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October 2, 1980

Arrow Star Inc.
620 William St.
Lynbrook, New York 11563

Gentlemen:

Your recent catalog 82-5 advertises fork extensions which you offer for use on fork lift trucks. In our opinion, your ad misleads prospective customers. Fork extensions directly effect the stability, capacity, and safety of operation of fork lift trucks.

The Occupational Safety and Health Standard, 29 CFR 1910.178(a)(4) states, in part:

Modifications and additions which effect capacity and safety of operation shall not be performed by the customer or user without manufacturers prior written approval.

This approval is required to assure that the design criteria for the safe use of fork lift trucks will not be exceeded. Therefore, users of fork extensions who have not received manufacturers written approval for such modifications are in direct violation of the OSHA regulatory standard. It is recommended that your catalog reflect this requirement.

Sincerely,

John K. Barto, Chief
Division of Occupational
   Safety Programming


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NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.


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