AEM and OSHA Form Forklift-Safety Alliance

Staff | September 28, 2010
On Oct. 1, 2007, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary of labor (left), and Dennis Slater, AEM president, signed the new Alliance regarding forklift safety.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have formed an alliance to provide training that will target rough-terrain forklifts, including telehandlers and straight-mast forklifts. The training will focus on potential operating hazards, such as ground conditions, machine mobility, overloading, and the use of these machines for lifting personnel. The overall intent of the alliance is to reduce workplace hazards for operators and other jobsite workers. Materials developed as a result of the alliance will be made available in multiple languages, including Spanish.

AEM and OSHA also have pledged to work together to promote a national dialog on workplace safety and health by convening or participating in forums, round-table discussions or stakeholder meetings on workplace hazards, including those associated with operating rough-terrain forklifts. Implementation teams, consisting of representatives from AEM, its members and OSHA, will develop the goals of the alliance under the direction of AEM's Manufacturers of Rough Terrain Forklifts Council.