On June 10, AGC and its coalition partners submitted comments in response to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) request for information on issues related to requirements in the standards on powered industrial trucks for general, maritime, and construction industries. OSHA has sought information regarding the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks, maintenance and retrofitting of powered industrial trucks, how to regulate older powered industrial trucks, the types of accidents and injuries associated with operation of powered industrial trucks, the costs and benefits of retrofitting powered industrial trucks with safety features, and the costs and benefits of all other components of a safety program including operator training.
The comments recommended that OSHA elicit feedback from small contractors and review injury data related to powered industrial trucks in construction before engaging in any rule making as well as cautioned the agency to be very careful with changing existing training requirements in the absence of evidence warranting such a change. AGC will continue to monitor this issue and engage with OSHA and its coalition partners as necessary.
For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at [email protected] or (703) 837-5410.
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