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Powered Industrial Truck Standards Topic of Nov. 20 CONN-OSHA Roundtable

For immediate release
October 30, 2007

WETHERSFIELD -- Driving a powered industrial truck isn’t as simple as climbing behind the wheel, turning the key and shifting into gear.

There’s a good deal more involved, and operators of these “lift trucks” need to meet OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck Standard, including formal instruction, practical training and evaluation of the operator’s performance. Drivers are also required to stay up-to-date with their training.  

These requirements will be outlined during a Nov. 20 Roundtable Discussion meeting sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA). Titled ”Powered Industrial Trucks – Coaching the Lift Truck Operator: A Train-the Trainer Workshop,” the 90-minute session will be held at the agency's Central Office, located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard in Wethersfield.  

CONN-OSHA Training Officer John Able, a Certified Safety Professional and coordinator of the roundtable discussion program, will be the guest speaker during the 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. session.

“This fast moving session will briefly review the OSHA standard, along with training tips, hazard recognition and ways to evaluate an operator’s behavior,” notes Able. 

Also continuing this month, Able said, will be the discussion portion of the program. Time permitting, each person taking part will have the opportunity to submit a question for discussion and attendees will be invited to share their opinion regarding the issue.  

Admission to the roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information, please contact John Able at (860) 263-6902, or via his email at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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