Forklifts could raise extremely heavy objects since they have a counterweight on the rear of the lift truck. The huge counterweight gives balance to the lift truck so the machinery doesn't tip over when lifting heavy loads. Forklifts are rated based on their load capacity. A small lift truck which can carry 1800 kilograms weighs about 4000 kilograms, that is the same as two full-size pickup trucks. The largest forklifts can have up to 36,000 kilograms of lifting capacity.
There are a lot of safety concerns involved 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 be familiar with how to mount the lift safely utilizing the "three-point stance." This involves placing the right hand on the back of the seat, while holding the upright of the safety cage with the left hand and placing the left foot on the step. Never jump out of a lift truck even in a tip over. It is actually much safer to stay inside the confines of the lift. Any fall or slip on a forklift can lead to severe injuries.
In a lot of businesses, the lift truck is considered an indispensable because they are required to quickly raise 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 forklift must never be driven on a highway or on uneven surfaces. The driver should have a seat belt tightly fastened at all times when driving.
Forklifts will always be necessary pieces of machine for companies as forklifts are an essential tool in any culture that produces and consumes mass-produced products. OSHA oversees compliance standards for companies utilizing forklifts and provides protocols for certifications and licensing. The lift truck Rodeo is an entertainment event for operators and other personnel that includes an obstacle course and other entertaining spectacles.