Instructor Forklift Safety Manual

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Stability of a Forklift

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The key to the safe operation of a forklift is a good understanding of the load capacity and stability of the forklift. Forklifts are designed to carry a load at a definite distance from the front wheels. The front wheels serve as the balance point of the forklift. This balance point is also called the fulcrum point An example of a fulcrum point is the balance point of a see saw. You know what happens when one person on a seesaw moves in or out on his end. The other end goes up or down.