So, you’ve purchased a 6,000 lb. forklift. That means you can lift 6,000 lbs. at all times, no matter what, right? Wrong.
The capacity rating of a forklift is the maximum weight at which it is able to safely maneuver at a specific load center.
If the forks are not at that exact load center, if the mast type has been changed, or if attachments have been added, the forklift is not capable of maneuvering that load safely.
To avoid making the colossal mistake of exceeding your forklift’s maximum capacity, remember the following:
- Purchase a higher capacity forklift than you think you will need to prevent exceeding the limit.
- Always use a scale to measure loads so you’re sure you haven’t exceeded the capacity limit.
- Operators should be trained to know the difference between the forklift model number and the capacity rating on the data plate.
- Be sure the data plate is always in place and readable.
- Talk to a forklift specialist to be sure you’re using the right forklift for your application.
Though forklift accidents are becoming less frequent every year, one main cause of forklift accidents is an operator trying to maneuver loads that exceed the forklift’s capacity rating. Talk to your local Toyota Forklift Dealer to learn more about forklift capacity ratings and which forklift would be best for you and your business.
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