OSHA Regulations for Forklift Man Baskets

What is considered a forklift mounted man basket?

OSHA considers forklift work platforms as removable attachments.

USA Standard B56.1-1969, Safety Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks Part II, 405 Nameplates and Markings (G) states, [o]n every removable attachment (excluding fork extensions), the attachment manufacturers shall install a durable corrosion-resistant nameplate, with the following information legibly and permanently inscribed: Serial number, Weight of Attachment, Capacity or Rated Capacity of attachment.

How do you know if your forklift man basket is OSHA and ANSI/ITSDF compliant?

An OSHA-compliant man basket must meet certain ANSI specifications. ANSI takes into consideration the overall design, weight load, and safety requirements.

ANSI's B56.1 code has numerous requirements on the construction of a forklift platform, including:

  • The man basket must clearly indicate load-bearing capacity on the basket. The combined weight of the platform, load, and personnel is not to exceed one-half of the capacity as indicated on the nameplate of the truck on which the platform is used.
  • Man baskets must be surrounded by a guard rail, that way that platform provides protection for personnel in their normal working position on the platform from moving parts of the truck that represent a hazard.
  • Floor requirements including a slip-resistant floor surface and minimum floor space for each occupant.
  • Fall restraint means such as a guard rail and/or a personal fall protection system.
  • A width that is no greater than the overall width of the truck (measured across the load-bearing tires) plus 10 in on either side.
  • Means to securely attach the platform to the lifting carriage or forks.

Each and every Lifting Technologies forklift man basket meets and exceeds the requirements for OSHA and ANSI/ITSDF safety standards. Our forklift personnel platforms also come with our unique Quick Claw® Safety System for additional safety in your attachment to the forklift.


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