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2239. 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 1910.16

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Operation of powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts, is the second leading cause of fatalities in the private sector, second only to highway vehicle fatalities. On average, there are 107 fatalities and 38,330 injuries annually in the workplace.

The present 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 present standard to increase its effectiveness by requiring, in performance language, initial and refresher training and evaluation as necessary. The frequency of the refresher training will be based upon the vehicle operator's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job safely. OSHA will also state what information the training should include. This rule will apply 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 11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: John Martinok, Acting 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: 202 219-8061
Fax: 202 219-7477

RIN: 1218-AB33





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