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OSHA focusing on powered industrial trucks

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a new emphasis program focused on reducing fatalities and serious injuries in Mississippi related to powered industrial trucks.

The agency is encouraging employers to bring their facilities into compliance with OSHA standards in the maritime, construction and general industries.

In addition to Mississippi, OSHA will be addressing the standards and hazards related to powered industrial trucks at facilities in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

The inspections primarily will focus on the training operators receive, maintenance and repair, and the pathways the trucks travel to ensure clear visibility and determine any possible struck-by hazards.

The regional emphasis program will continue until Sept. 30, 2012, unless it is extended.

More information is available to the public by contacting Benjamin Ross at (678) 237-0400.

Source: OSHA

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