Q: What is a powered industrial truck?
A: Any power propelled truck that is used to push, pull, carry, lift, or stack materials is considered a powered industrial truck. They can be ridden or controlled by a standing operator. Equipment used to move earth or haul equipment over long distances are not considered a powered industrial truck.
Q: What regulations are there for powered industrial trucks?
A: The regulations standards requires all employers using powered industrial trucks to implement and enforce a training program for their equipment. Trained operators should follow all regulations in a safe manner. Formal and practical training should be given by the employer (videos, forms, actual use of the equipment in training situations).
Q: Does the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provide any training materials?
A: Yes. Training topics can be found on the OSHA training materials page.
Q: Who should provide the training?
A: Training should be provided by people who are competent and familiar with the equipment that is being used. If a competent person cannot be found, there are several online sources for training.
If you have more questions about powered industrial truck operating, please contact your local OSHA office.