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2045. POWERED INDUSTRIAL TRUCK OPERATOR TRAINING (INDUSTRIAL TRUCK SAFETY TRAINING)

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655; 33 USC 941; 40 USC 333

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.178; 29 CFR 1915.120; 29 CFR 1917.1; 29 CFR 1918.1; 29 CFR 1926.602

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Operation of powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts, is one of the leading causes of fatalities in the private sector. On average, there are 110 fatalities and 95,000 injuries annually in the workplace from this cause.

The former standard has proven to be ineffective in reducing the number of accidents involving powered industrial trucks. As a result, there has been strong interest that OSHA issue a new standard to more effectively address this hazard. OSHA has revised the former standard to increase its effectiveness by requiring, in performance language, initial and refresher training and evaluation as necessary. The frequency of the refresher training is based upon the vehicle operator's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job safely. OSHA also states in the revised rule what information the training should include. This rule applies to general industry, the maritime industries and construction.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

NPRM 03/14/95 60 FR 13782
NPRM Second and Hearing 01/30/96 61 FR 3092
NPRM Comment Period End 08/15/96  
Final Action 12/01/98 63 FR 66238

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The final rule will prevent an estimated 11 deaths and 9500 injuries per year. Compliance with the new rule is required by November 11, 1999.

Agency Contact: Marthe B. Kent, Director, Directorate of Safety Standards Programs, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N3605, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2222
Fax: 202 693-1663

RIN: 1218-AB33



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