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Powered industrial trucks are addressed in specific standards for the general industry, marine terminals, and longshoring. This page highlights OSHA standards, Federal Registers (rules, proposed rules, and notices), directives (instructions for compliance officers), and standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards), related to powered industrial trucks. OSHA compliance information that applies to specific activities is also available, including:

For additional citation information by industry group, see Frequently Cited OSHA Standards.

Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees". Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to "comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act".
 

Note: Twenty-four states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.

Highlighted Standards

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)


Marine Terminals (29 CFR 1917)

  • 1917 Subpart C, Cargo handling gear and equipment
    • 1917.43, Powered industrial trucks
    • 1917.44, General rules applicable to vehicles
    • 1917.50, Certification of marine terminal material handling devices
  • Longshoring Industry. Publication 2232, (2001). Also available as a 480 KB PDF, 291 pages. Contains all the safety and health standards concerning the marine terminal and longshoring industries, as contained in 29 CFR 1917 and 29 CFR 1918), as of June 30, 2000.

Longshoring (29 CFR 1918)
  • 1918 Subpart G, Cargo handling gear and equipment other than ship's gear
    • 1918.65, Mechanically-powered vehicles used aboard vessels
  • Longshoring Industry. Publication 2232, (2001). Also available as a 480 KB PDF, 291 pages. Contains all the safety and health standards concerning the marine terminal and longshoring industries, as contained in 29 CFR 1917 and 29 CFR 1918), as of June 30, 2000.

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