How to Maintain Forklift Stability Triangle

This 2 minute safety training video covers: Three points where forklifts are supported, how to keep the center of gravity inside the Stability Triangle, how to keep the forklift stable, safe procedures to follow when lifting and carrying a load, forklift's vertical stability line, how to stabilize a forklift when driving with a load and what to do when forklift begin to tip. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 28 minute full length version.

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Atlantic Training's "Forklift Training" Video & DVD Programs review how to inspect forklifts and other powered industrial truck equipment prior to operation, safe operating procedures, forklift stability, and how to recognize potential problem situations.

The program includes information on:
  • How to Maintain Forklift Stability Triangle
  • OSHA's certification process.
  • The seven classes of industrial trucks.
  • Equipment checkout.
  • A forklift's "stability triangle".
  • Safe operating procedures.
  • Lifting and lowering loads.
  • Trucks and loading docks.
  • Equipment maintenance.
  • ...and more.
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Video Transcript

When you check the data plate in your lift truck, you'll find information about the maximum load under certain conditions, never exceed your truck's listed capacity but it's your job to learn more. Check the operators manual to find out how load shape, size, carrying angle, and counterweight built in to the truck affects stability. Before every lift visualize your load and how it relate to stability triangle. You can picture it by drawing lines from the two ends of the front drive axle to meet at the center or pivot point of the back steering axle. If you keep the combined center of gravity to point the greatest downward points within stability triangle, you and lift truck will stay stable. But if the center of the downward point of your load stands beyond stability triangle, you risk tipping over or loosing your load. Reducing your load helps keep you stable when carrying a tall, wide or ugly shape load or when using attachments.