On the back of the forklift is a counterbalance, which allows the forklift to lift extremely heavy objects. The counterbalance provides balance so that the machinery will not tip over while lifting and moving heavy cargo. Forklifts are rated based on their load capacity. A small forklift that could raise 1800 kilograms weighs roughly 4000 kilograms, which is equivalent to two full-size pickup trucks. The biggest forklifts could lift things as heavy as 36,000 kilograms.
In using a lift truck, there are many safety issues. For instance, travel in reverse while driving down a ramp. You should also haul a load in reverse if the load interferes with vision and is bulky. Operators must be familiar with how to safely mount the lift using the "three-point stance." This involves placing the right hand on the back of the seat, while gripping the upright of the safety cage using the left hand and putting the left foot on the step. Never jump out of a lift truck even in a tip over. It is a lot safer to remain inside the confines of the lift. Any slip or fall on a lift truck could result in severe injuries.
In many industries, the lift truck is considered an indispensable as they are required to quickly raise and transport goods, unload and load products safely and with little to no physical exertion. Pedestrian safety is a primary priority when working in public spaces. Operators must always give pedestrians the right-of-way. A lift truck must never be driven on a highway or on uneven surfaces. The driver must have a seat belt fastened all the time when driving.
Forklifts are an essential tool for the cultures that either consumes or makes mass-produced products. Forklifts would continue to remain vital pieces of machine for businesses. OSHA supervises compliance standards for companies that utilize forklifts and provides protocols for certifications and licensing. The forklift Rodeo is an entertainment event meant for operators and other employees which includes an obstacle course and other entertaining spectacles.