Manufacturing and General Industry

Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts)

Date Added Resource Source
May 2014

Quick Facts for employees/Datos Rápidos para trabajadores: Gas-powered forklifts: carbon monoxide poisoning/Montacargas operados con gas: envenenamiento por monóxido de carbono (PDF)

http://orosha.org/pdf/pubs/fact_sheets/qf010.pdf

Gas-powered forklifts produce poisonous carbon monoxide gas when their motors are running. You can be poisoned when you operate a gas-powered forklift indoors if there is not enough ventilation with fresh air.

(Oregon OSHA)
Apr 2013

Oregon OSHA Fact Sheet Plus: Operating Powered Industrial Trucks (forklifts) (PDF)

http://orosha.org/pdf/pubs/fact_sheets/fs53.pdf

This fact sheet highlights important safety considerations for owners and operators of powered industrial trucks

(Oregon OSHA)
Mar 2011

NCDOL Hazard Alert: Forklifts and Material Handling (PDF)

http://www.nclabor.com/osha/etta/hazard_alerts/Forklifts.pdf

North Carolina's Occupational Safety and Health Division published a hazard alert* on the dangers of forklifts and material handling. Seven fatalities occurred in North Carolina during 2010 as a result of material handling incidents.

(NC-DOL)
Oct 2008

OSHA eTool: Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift)

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/poweredindustrialtrucks/index.html

This eTool, which identifies forklifts commonly used in general industry, provides a review of potential hazards and a summary of key OSHA requirements and industry-recommended practices for forklift operations. It includes four modules examining the types of forklifts, safe operating practices, workplace conditions affecting operation, and operator training.

(OSHA)
Aug 2005

Oregon OSHA Topic Page: Powered Industrial Trucks

http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/osha/subjects/powered_industrial_trucks.html

Resources on powered industrial trucks (forklifts) from OR-OSHA including regulations, letters of interpretations, directives and publications.

(Oregon OSHA)
Aug 2005

Safety and Health Topics: Powered Industrial Trucks

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/poweredindustrialtrucks/index.html

Each year, tens of thousands of forklift-related injuries occur in U.S. workplaces. Many employees are injured when lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks or lifts fall between docks and an unsecured trailer. Employees are also struck by a lift truck or fall while on elevated pallets and tines. The following questions link to resources that provide safety and health information relevant to powered industrial trucks.

(OSHA)
Jan 2005

NIOSH Alert: Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Workers Who Operate or Work Near Forklifts

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/2001-109.html

Alerts briefly present new information about occupational illnesses, injuries, and deaths. Alerts urgently request assistance in preventing, solving, and controlling newly identified occupational hazards. Workers, employers, and safety and health professionals are asked to take immediate action to reduce risks and implement controls.

(NIOSH)
Jan 2005

Tailgate Topics – Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts)

http://www.statefundca.com/safety/safetymeeting/SafetyMeetingArticle.aspx?ArticleID=47

A Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) is a mobile, power-driven vehicle used to carry, push, pull, lift or stack material. There are twelve (12) different types of PITs, and designated types of PITs can be operated safely in varying environments (e.g. flammable areas, dusty environments, etc).

(SCIF)
Jan 2005

Forklift Safety

http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Topics/AtoZ/default.asp?KWID=124

Since a large percentage of accidents and fatalities are due to operator inexperience, powered industrial truck operators must be trained and competent. This page contains links to resources and regulations for their safe operation.

(Washington Department of Labor and Industries)
Jan 2005

Safety and Health Topics: Powered Industrial Trucks

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/poweredindustrialtrucks/

Each year, tens of thousands of forklift-related injuries occur in U.S. workplaces. Unfortunately, most employee injuries and property damage can be attributed to lack of safe operating procedures, lack of safety-rule enforcement, and insufficient or inadequate training. This site includes links to sample daily checklists for powered industrial trucks.

(OSHA)