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Changes to OSHA Forklift Design Rules Pick Up Industry Support

May 19, 2022, 9:46 AM

Safety and industry groups are supporting a proposal to update OSHA’s five-decades-old requirements for forklift design and manufacturing.

“This is an initiative we’ve been working on for a number of years with OSHA,” Brian Feehan, president of the Industrial Truck Association, said of the rule’s potential update. The association’s members produce more than 90% of the forklifts and other types of industrial trucks sold in North America.

Among other things, organizations representing safety and health experts want the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s final rule to clarify such concerns as seat belt use requirements and what modifications, if any, ...