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Forklifts and Powered Trucks
Forklifts and Powered Trucks
  1. No. Replacing an existing part with a factory-issued replacement should not need special approval from the manufacturer. However, when in doubt, always ask. When an employer or employee has questions about adding or replacing parts, it’s best to check with the equipment manufacturer or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) local area office, to be on the safe side. There are many variables that can come into play, and that may not be obvious at first glance.
  2. Yes. OSHA requires that employers obtain the manufacturer’s prior written approval for modifications or additions that “affect capacity and safe operation.” If the truck is equipped with front-end attachments, other than factory installed attachments, employers must change the capacity plates, operation plates, tags, or decals accordingly.
  3. Yes. OSHA requires that PITs are not altered so that the “relative positions” of the parts are different from what they were when originally received from the manufacturer. They must not be altered either by the addition of extra parts not provided by the manufacturer or by the elimination of any parts.