Accidents can happen if you make sudden on-the-go directional changes or attempt to turn a forklift on a grade or ramp. This can happen whether the truck is empty or carrying a load. Sudden directional changes can create an imbalance in the forklift, which can result in a tip-over.
Why is it unsafe to turn a forklift truck when it is on a ramp or sloping surface?
Why is it not safe to drive a forklift in a straight line or turn a forklift with the load raised in the air? –Because it makes the forklift unstable and it could tip over.
How should you drive an unloaded lift truck on ramp?
What should you do to load (unload) vehicles using a forklift truck?
- Keep forks pointed downhill when traveling without a load on a ramp.
- Keep forks pointed uphill when traveling with a load on a ramp.
When transporting a load down an incline a forklift operator should?
When carrying a heavy load on grade, the forklift must be able to safely stop. When your operators are traveling without a load, the forks should be pointed down the incline. This would include going up or down the ramp.
How long does it take to stop a lift truck that is traveling at full speed?
If a forklift is traveling 7 miles per hour, it can take the operator approximately 16 feet to stop the vehicle completely in an emergency. Increase that speed to 9 mph and it can take more than 21 feet to stop.
Can a forklift tip over without a load?
Forklift Safety Rule Two: Don’t tip over. Many untrained operators assume that they can drive faster without a load, but look at the location of the CG with unloaded forks. It is much closer to the sides of the triangle compared with the unloaded location.
What should you not do when you park your lift truck?
Do not raise or lower the forks before you stop the lift truck and set the brakes. Ensure that the forks are free of the load before backing up.
How much back tilt should be applied when picking up a load?
When carrying a load on level ground, the correct position of the forks is 100-150mm (4-6 Inches) off the ground and tilted back sufficiently to stabilise the load.
When going down ramps with a 10 percent grade on higher loads of a forklift should be?
When driving on ramps with a grade of 10 percent or more with a loaded forklift, you must always keep the load uphill, even if it means driving in reverse down the ramp.