Posts Tagged ‘age’

OSHA Mulls Changes to Powered Truck Rules

It may be time to reconsider a decades-old standard for powered industrial trucks, federal safety regulators said.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information as the Agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime, and construction industries. The standards became effective in 1971, and were based on industry consensus standards from 1969. Since then, national consensus standards have been updated several times.

OSHA is requesting information on: the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks; maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of accidents and injuries associated with operating these machines; costs and benefits of retrofitting the machines with safety features; and other components of a safety program.  OSHA will use the information received in response to this request to determine what action, if any, it may take to reduce regulatory burdens and create jobs while improving worker safety.

Comments must be submitted on or before June 10, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details.

Powered industrial trucks include forklifts, fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by an electrical motor or an internal combustion engine.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

My thanks to Jon Hyman for featuring this blog post among others in his weekly blog roundup of March 15.

EEOC, Wells Fargo Financial Settle Race Bias Claim

When a branch of Wells Fargo Financial in Michigan passed over a highly qualified black male for a loan processor position in favor of five less qualified white or younger women, it got the EEOC’s attention.

Something fishy there. The EEOC announced Friday that the company agreed to settle the case for $55,000.

Here’s key language from the EEOC’s announcement:

“The loan processor had  significantly more relevant work experience than all of the other candidates,  the EEOC said. Further, the loan  processor had the best combination of relevant, objective scores that measured  productivity, was “loan processor of the year” for 2007, the year immediately  proceeding the promotion decision, worked at the one of the largest and most profitable  offices in the relevant district, and was the “go-to person” for the district on  loan processing. The loan processor’s  personnel file was devoid of any disciplinary actions, and none of the decision  makers alleged that she had any behavioral problems. Despite her superior qualifications, the loan  processor was passed over for promotion, a decision which the EEOC charged was  based on her age and race.”

The company is out of business, so no other relief was ordered.

With selection practices like that, perhaps it’s no wonder that the company went under.