Material Handling


Mr. Dave Olah will open the session discussing the Harrisburg Area Offices proposed Local Emphasis Program (LEP) addressing material handling equipment and the Under-Ride Hazard.  This hazard is a mis-understood hazard that may not be recognized in the workplace.  The discussion will also focus on means to control the Under-Ride Hazard risk.

Ms. Jen Fritz will discuss frequently asked questions about powered industrial trucks.  An Order Selector will be on display to demonstrate the various safe guards that could be added to equipment to better protect the operator.  The discussion will also include various obstacles, myths, and common habits that are associated with material handling equipment.



Presented by:

Dave Olah, Harrisburg Area Director, OSHA

Mr Olah began his career in the US Navy; he served on a destroyer in Charleston South Carolina and the aircraft carrier, USS Harry S. Truman, CVN-75 in Norfolk Virginia.  Shore duty assignments included Naval Air Station Bermuda where he was the chief criminal investigator and the Presidential Retreat, Camp David, where he assumed the duties of Fire Chief during the end of the George H. W. Bush administration and the beginning of the Clinton administration. His final tour of duty was aboard USS Bulkeley DDG 84 where he served as the Assistant Chief Engineer while deployed to the Persian Gulf during operation desert storm.  Following his retirement in 2004 he worked for JLG Industries in Shippensburg Pennsylvania where he was responsible for the final assembly and delivery of all rough terrain scissor lifts, the 400S and 450A boom lifts and the boom assembly department. In 2009 Mr Olah began his OSHA career as a Safety and Health Compliance Officer in the Harrisburg Area Office.  He spent two years as an Assistant Area Director and in 2016 was selected to fill the Area Director position.

Presented by:

Jen Fritz, Training Manager, Eastern Lift Truck Company

Ms. Fritz began her career as the Training Manager at Eastern Lift Truck Company over 8 years ago.  She and the Director of Safety are responsible for making sure all of the company’s 16 branches, covering the Mid-Atlantic region, have the proper training to do their job safely and efficiently.  Jen and her training team provide OSHA-compliant training to all of their customers (ranging from powered industrial truck operator training to CPR certification).  Prior to Eastern Lift Truck Company, she worked in both Human Resource and Purchasing capacities for over 15 years.