DO YOU USE A FORKLIFT TO MOVE AND SPOT RV TRAILERS? If yes…
then you need to read a few of the OSHA Regulations and Penalties below, as taken from OSHA’s website.
Please visit www.osha.gov for complete details of OSHA regulations and penalties.
OSHA REGULATIONS (Standards 29 CFR) – Powered Industrial – 1910.178
OSHA REGULATION 1910.178(a)(4)
Modifications and additions which affect capacity and safe operation shall not be performed by the customer or user without manufacturer’s prior written approval, capacity, operation and maintenance instruction plates, tags, or decals shall be changed accordingly.
OSHA REGULATION 1910.178(a)(5)
If the truck is equipped with front-end attachments other than factory installed attachments, the user shall request that the truck be marked to identify the attachments and show the approximate weight of the truck and attachment combination at maximum elevation with load laterally centered.
OSHA REGULATION 1910.178(a)(6)
The user shall see that all nameplates and markings are in place and are maintained in a legible condition.
OSHA REGULATION 1910.178(q)(6)
Industrial trucks shall not be altered so the relative positions of the various parts are different from what they were when originally received from the manufacturer, nor shall they be altered either by he addition of extra parts not provided by the manufacturer or by the elimination of any parts not provided by the manufacturer or by the elimination of any parts, except as provided in paragraph (q)(12) of this section. Additional counter weighting of fork trucks shall not be done unless approved by the truck manufacturer.
OSHA PENALTIES – SECTION 17
These are just a few of the penalties as listed on OSHA’s website.
C. 2. l. Repeated Violations. Section 17(a) of the Act provides that an employer who repeatedly violates the Act may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $70,000 for each violation.
C.2.l. (4) Regulatory Violations. For repeated instances of regulatory violations, the initial penalty shall be doubled for the first repeated violation and quintupled if the violation has been cited twice before. If the Area Director determines that it is appropriate to achieve the necessary deterrent effect, the initial penalty may be multiplied by 10.
NOTE: See Chapter III, C.2.f., for additional guidance on citing repeated violations.
C.2.m. Willful Violations. Section 17(a) of the Act provides that an employer who willfully violates the Act may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $70,000 but not less than $5,000 for each violation.
C.2.m.(2) Regulatory Violations. In the case of regulatory violations that are determined to be willful, the unadjusted initial penalty shall be multiplied by 10. In no event shall the penalty, after adjustment for size, be less than $5,000.
OSHA regulations are subject to change without notice, please check with OSHA’S website at: WWW.OSHA.GOV or call them at: 1-800-321-6742 or write to them at: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety & Health Administration – 200 Constitution Avenue, NW – Washington, D.C. 20210 for any updates. Please contact OSHA directly if you do have specific questions regarding OSHA forklift safety regulations as they pertain to attachments and/or modifications to the forklift.