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.
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.