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Photographs are a learning tool of how accidents can be prevented. Thank you to Noel (Mac) McCatty, Jr., our USF SafetyFlorida contributor for November.
 
Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT) can pose serious hazards if not used correctly. Can you spot the hazard in the image above?
Hazard(s)
B56.1 No modifications or alterations to a powered industrial truck (PIT) that may affect the capacity, stability, or safe operation of the truck shall be made without the prior written approval of the original truck manufacturer or its successor thereof. When the truck manufacturer or its successor approves a modification or alteration, appropriate changes shall be made to capacity plates, decals, tags, and operation and maintenance manuals.
The company failed to attain written approval for modification and or altering the PIT fork tines before use. The PIT fork tines were modified so that it could tow equipment.
 
Consequences
Employees are susceptible to fork tines disintegrating which could result in struck by hazards from the load it is pulling.Employees are susceptible to fork tines disintegrating which could result in struck by hazards from the load it is pulling.
Corrective Action
Place PIT out of service until an approval of the modification is coordinated with the PIT manufacturer or its successor.
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