On the rear of the lift truck is a counterbalance, that allows the lift truck to lift very heavy objects. The counterbalance provides balance so that the machinery would not tip over while lifting and transporting heavy cargo. Forklifts are rated based on their load capacity. A small forklift that can raise 1800 kilograms weighs approximately 4000 kilograms, which is equivalent to two full-size pickup trucks. The largest forklifts could carry stuff as heavy as 36,000 kilograms.
There are lots of safety concerns included in utilizing a forklift. While driving down a ramp, travel in reverse. If the load is bulky and interferes with vision, haul it in reverse. Operators have to know how to mount the lift safely utilizing the "three-point stance." This includes putting the right hand on the back of the seat, while gripping the upright of the safety cage with the left hand and putting the left foot on the step. Never jump out of a forklift even during a tip over. It is safer to remain inside the confines of the lift. Any slip or fall on a forklift can cause severe injuries.
In a lot of businesses, the forklift 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 main 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 tightly fastened all the time when driving.
Forklifts would always be vital pieces of machine for companies since forklifts are an important tool in any culture which makes and consumes mass-produced products. OSHA supervises compliance standards for businesses using forklifts and provides certification and licensing protocols. The forklift Rodeo is an entertainment event intended for operators and other employees which involves an obstacle course and other interesting spectacles.