A.Mike DeBlasio, a masonry contractor in Littleton, Mass., and a member of the Scaffold Industry Association, responds: OSHA doesn't specifically prohibit the use of forklifts and rough-terrain forklifts to elevate personnel, but there are a number of restrictions that severely limit their use for this purpose.

For one, the manufacturer of the forklift has to specifically allow the use of a work basket, in which case the company typically will offer an approved model as an optional accessory. The width of work baskets is limited by the wheel base of the forklift; according to OSHA and ANSI requirements, baskets can extend no more than 10 inches past...

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