Downloads of Lift Truck Standards Hit Record

WASHINGTON—The Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation (ITSDF) announced that more than 20,000 free copies of the B56 series of American National Standards for powered and non-powered industrial trucks have been downloaded from its Web site.

The ITSDF Web site, located at, started offering the standards free of charge in April 2006. ANSI/ITSDF B56.1-2005, which is referred to by OSHA inspectors to ensure safe use of lift trucks in the workplace, was downloaded more than 5,500 times.

“This demonstrates the need and usefulness of the B56 standards,” says William Montwieler, president of ITSDF. “It is our hope that operators of industrial trucks become familiar with the user’s section in each of the standards to become more knowledgeable, safer operators.”

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