Forklifts could lift really heavy objects because they have a counterweight on the rear of the forklift. The huge counterweight gives balance to the forklift so the equipment doesn't tip over when raising heavy cargo. Forklifts are rated based on their load capacity. A small lift truck which could carry 1800 kilograms weighs about 4000 kilograms, which is the same as two full-size pickup trucks. The biggest forklifts could have up to 36,000 kilograms of lifting capacity.
There are a lot of safety concerns included in utilizing a lift truck. While driving down a ramp, travel in reverse. If the load interferes with vision and is bulky, haul it in reverse. Operators should know how to safely mount the lift using the "three-point stance." This includes placing the right hand on the back of the seat, while gripping the upright of the safety cage using the left hand and placing the left foot on the step. On no account must you jump out of a forklift even during a tip over. It is safer to remain inside the confines of the lift. Any fall or slip on a lift truck could lead to severe injuries.
In many businesses, the lift truck is considered an indispensable because they are required to rapidly lift and move things, load and unload products safely and with little to no physical exertion. Pedestrian safety is a primary consideration when operating in public spaces. Operators should always give pedestrians the right-of-way. A lift truck should never be driven on uneven surfaces or on a highway. The driver should have a seat belt tightly fastened all the time while driving.
Forklifts will always be vital pieces of equipment for companies because forklifts are an important tool in any culture that produces and consumes mass-produced products. OSHA supervises compliance standards for businesses that use forklifts and provides certification and licensing protocols. The lift truck Rodeo is an entertainment event intended for operators and other employees that involves an obstacle course and other entertaining spectacles.