The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and OSHA have formed an alliance to provide construction workers and equipment owners and operators with information, guidance, and access to training resources in an effort to help foster a safer working environment. Participating in the special alliance signing ceremony were Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. (left) and AEM President Dennis Slater.

The alliance will target rough terrain forklifts, including telehandlers and straight-mast forklifts. The effort will focus on potential operating hazards, including ground conditions, machine mobility, overloading, and their use in lifting personnel. Rough terrain forklifts were chosen because they are found on nearly all types of construction worksites, and while there is OSHA training requirements for the machines, they are not always followed by owners and operators.

As part of the alliance, AEM and OSHA will define, implement, and meet a set of short- and long-term goals that fall into three categories: training and education, outreach and communication, and promotion of a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. The agreement will remain in effect for two years, and will be periodically evaluated over that time to assess results and progress.