Minnesota Forklifts laws & safety compliance analysis

Minnesota Forklifts: What you need to know

Minnesota has adopted the federal forklift safety rules for general industry workplaces by reference (MR 5205.0010), and added its own provisions that are stricter than federal requirements.

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See the state Material Handling topic for general information about handling heavy materials.

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MDLI) administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules in the state.

MR 5205.0760

Industrial trucks designed for hard, level surfaces must be restricted to those surfaces that are free of cracks, irregularities, or holes that could upset the balance of the industrial truck.

Forklift operators positioning a load in such a way that visibility is limited must be assisted by a designated person directing the placement using a predetermined signal.

Minnesota has adopted the federal forklift safety operator training and certification requirements.

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