Forklift - Stability and Capacity

Learning objectives

  • Explain forklift stability using the stability triangle and combined center of gravity.
  • Explain how to calculate whether a forklift has the capacity to lift a given load.
  • List key guidelines for maintaining a forklift's stability.

Course overview

This lesson is the second lesson in a five-lesson curriculum designed to provide workers with an awareness of the federal safety regulations for operating a forklift. The curriculum serves as the formal instruction component of forklift operator training, and generally precedes hands-on operator training and site-specific training. The regulations for operating forklifts are outlined in 29 CFR 1910. This lesson will define key forklift stability concepts, explain how to calculate a forklift's capacity, and describe stability factors and guidelines.

  • 15 minutes
  • Format: Online Interactive
  • English , Spanish
Course Outline
  • Stability Triangle and Center of Gravity
  • Calculating Lift Capacity
  • Stability Factors and Guidelines
  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart N – Materials Handling and Storage – 1910-178 Powered Industrial Trucks
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