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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB33 Publication ID: Spring 1997 
Title: Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training (Industrial Truck Safety Training) 
Abstract: Operation of powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts, is the second leading cause of fatalities in the private sector, behind only highway vehicle fatalities. On average, there are 107 fatalities and 38,330 injuries annually in the workplace. ^PThe present standard has proven to be ineffective in reducing the number of accidents involving powered industrial trucks. As a result, there has been strong Congressional interest that OSHA issue a new standard to more effectively address this hazard. OSHA intends to revise the present standard to increase its effectiveness by requiring, in performance language, initial and refresher training as necessary. The frequency of the refresher training will be based upon the ability of the vehicle operator to retain the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job safely. OSHA will also give guidance as to what information the instruction should include. There will also be other amendments to the standard to increase its effectiveness. This proposal, if adopted, would apply to general industry, the maritime industries and construction. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.178    29 CFR 1915.120    29 CFR 1917.43    29 CFR 1918.77    29 CFR 1926.602   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)   
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/14/1995  60 FR 13782   
NPRM Second and Hearing  01/30/1996  61 FR 3092   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/15/1996    
Final Action  09/00/1997    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
John F. Martonik
Evaluation
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N3641, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2043
Fax:202 693-1641
Email: john.martonik@osha.gov