OSHA Imposed Fines for Material Handling Violations

In December 2010, OSHA penalized a freight carrier company in Rhode Island for $76,000 after an operator suffered foot injury. The authority has determined many counts where the lift truck is being operated incorrectly that resulted to mishap and worker’s injury.

In February 2013, OSHA imposed $91,000 fines against Chicago based company after a worker injured in an accident involving company’s forklift. The case arises when OSHA inspector found out the lapses of the company to train the operator and check it license.

In October 2014, a transportation firm, located in Michigan, has been cited for willful and repeated OSHA violations. The alleged violation ranges from simple non-provision of fall protection to defective and non-maintenance of lift trucks. The company faced $145,000 monetary fine.

In April 2016, OSHA cited several citations against United States Postal Office in its Iowa center. The complain started when a person exposes that lift truck operators are jeopardizing their safety when handling loads and driving the trucks without clear view or visual to the direction. Despite of this, USPS failed to rectify the violations. There are three violations, two repeated and one serious. The facility is now facing $88,000 fines.

In May 2016 OSHA cited several citations against United States Postal Office in its Virginia center. OSHA opened an inspection on Oct. 27, 2015, after a complaint alleged hazards involving power industrial equipment at the facility. Inspectors issued citations after they found the employer: Allowed employees to operate powered industrial equipment despite the fact the equipment was not inspected or examined for defects after each shift. Permitted employees to operate powered industrial vehicles without use of a seatbelt. Allowed employees to operate powered industrial equipment in aisles clearly marked for wheeled mailed carts, exposing workers to struck-by or caught-between hazards. Failed to provide employees with training to ensure they were competent to operate the equipment. Let employees improperly tow wheeled carts using powered pallet jacks. Proposed penalties: $120,000

Change: OSHA ENFORCEMENT OF  1910.178

What has changed with PM’s compliance completion?

  • Effective August 1 2016 – OSHA fines increased 80%.
  • Inflation adjustment was made 1/13/17.
  • Violations – was $7,000 per – now $12,675
  • Failure to abate – was $7,000 per date – $12,675 per day.
  • Willful violation – was $70,000 – now $126,749.

OSHA will now visit

  • Any accident.
  • Any call from a disgruntled employee.
  • Randomly.

OSHA: PM’s must be done. OSHA 1910.178 , ANSI B56.1- 6.2(a)

  • By Trained technicians. OSHA 1910.178(q)(1), ANSI B56.1- 6.2(B)
  • Using vetted parts. 1910.178(a)(1), 1910.178 (q)(5)
  • Following OEM guidelines. 1910.178 (A)(1)

Checking Your Forks

Forklift forks will start to get worn the after the first use. If you often use your lift truck, then it’s a very, very good idea to regularly inspect the forks.  Here are a few things to look for while inspecting the forks:

  • The thickness of the fork blade should match the thickness of the back of the fork.
  • The heel of the fork must be checked for cracks.
  • There should be no differentiating height of the fork tips.
  • You must be able to read the factory markings of the forks.
  • The hooks of the forks must be checked for any deformations.

If a problem occurs with any of these inspections, the forks must be replaced.  Call your local CFE branch (800) CFE-LIFT and we will be happy to find you a replacement pair for any kind of lift and/or job.

CFE Helps Ship WWII Anchor

Members of team CFE out of our Richmond branch donated their time and expertise to help assist in the shipment of a World War II anchor from Virginia to New Mexico. The historic anchor is on loan to the City of Clovis as part of an Eagle Scout Project by Troop 226.


Sonny Letterlough, Mendie Corbin, Chris Minter and Chris Walker: Thank you for your time and effort!


CFE is proud to work closely with communities both near and far!

The Benefits of a “Blue Safety Light”

Facility safety is a major concern for many employers and employees in material handling spaces, including here at CFE Equipment.  The operation of this equipment can be dangerous when certain procedures are not followed.   We all know the dangers of work place incidence to the safety of your employees; the blue light adds a warning to those around an active Forklift. A blue light is a simple solution to fighting warehouse accidents!

How it works:

A blue light can be mounted anywhere on the lift; in fact some lifts can have multiple blue lights.  The light shoots a little blue spot light onto the ground 10+ feet in front of or behind the forklift.  The bright light on the floor is clearly visible to pedestrians, machines and vehicles near the lift. Regardless of noise, it alerts those around of the presence of a forklift. Back-up alarms, often times, can blend in to the background noises of the facility.  The blue safety light stands out, and is the best way to keep people alerted to a forklifts presence.

Additional options:

In addition to blue spot lights; we offer red spot lights, blue arrow spot lights, and red side curtain hazard zone lights.  All great accessories to ensure the safety of your team!

Help prevent dangerous collisions and promote worker & pedestrian SAFETY!

Contact CFE Equipment for more information on how you can add the BLUE SAFETY LIGHT to your fleet.