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A Deep Dive Into the OSHA Rules for Powered Industrial Trucks and Warehouse Ops
Warehouses, typically cleaner and quieter than a manufacturing facility, can nevertheless pose a series of hazards, many of which are not readily apparent to the naked eye. The warehousing and storage industry includes facilities focused on general merchandise, refrigerated goods, and other products, as well as establishments providing logistical services relating to goods distribution. Potential hazards include those associated with powered industrial trucks (forklifts), ergonomics, material handling, hazardous chemicals, and slip/trip/falls. Included among the most common types of injuries in the warehouse setting are musculoskeletal disorders and being struck by powered industrial trucks and other materials handling equipment.

Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs) are ubiquitous across general industry as they are used for a variety of purposes in warehousing and logistics facilities, as well as in all manner of production establishments. OSHA’s PIT standard (1910.178) imposes a host of requirements, a number of which are often misunderstood by employers and some that are misapplied even by OSHA. Given the serious hazards associated with operating PITs, OSHA has launched Local Emphasis Programs in a number of regions that enable Area Offices to open programmed inspections or expand unprogrammed inspections into an employer’s PIT programs.

Participants in this webinar will learn:

• OSHA enforcement priorities related to warehousing operations and PIT Local Emphasis Programs
• Key requirements for material handling and storage, walking working surfaces, hazardous chemicals, and PIT programs, including selection, training, maintenance, and safe operations
• How to identify deficiencies in your PIT program
• Tips to audit your workplace for compliance with 1910.176 and 1910.178

Sep 14, 2023 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Aaron R. Gelb
Partner, Labor • Employment and OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Groups, Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Aaron R. Gelb is the partner in charge of Conn Maciel Carey’s Chicago office and leads the firm’s Midwest OSHA practice, representing employers during inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving fed OSHA and state OSH programs. In addition to managing the full range of litigation against OSHA, Aaron reviews safety policies and procedures, manages audit programs, and helps develop and present training on a variety of topics. Aaron serves as the primary workplace safety and health education provider to the Illinois Manufacturers Association and is a frequent speaker on such matters throughout the United States. Aaron also has extensive experience litigating equal employment opportunity matters in federal and state courts, having tried numerous cases to verdict and defended employers before the EEOC as well as fair employment agencies nationwide.
Daniel C. Deacon
Associate, Labor • Employment and OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Groups, Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Daniel C. Deacon is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey, working in both the Labor • Employment and OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Groups. Dan's practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety & health law and labor and employment law. He represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving OSHA and other state and local safety related agencies.
Ashley D. Mitchell
Associate, Labor • Employment and OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Groups, Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Ashley D. Mitchell is an Associate in the Chicago office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP supporting both the OSHA and Labor and Employment practice groups. Ms. Mitchell represents and advises clients in a broad range of employment issues involving the employer-employee relationship including wage and hour disputes, Title VII discrimination claims, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She also provides advice and guidance on responding to workplace safety complaints and litigating contests of OSHA citations.