Discussion:
Fork lift usage and ratings.

I am having a problem at work where between all of the forklifts that we currently have the maximum rating is 5600 lbs. yet we have tubs that we must move that have a gross weight of up to 6300 lbs. I have pointed this out to management and there response it that we just have to use the forks to roll the tubs from place to place everything is fine despite the fact the we must lift the tubs up onto scales. Management is firm in their position. Is this an issue to file a complaint to OSHA with?
  • Posted 24 Aug 2008 09:39
  • Discussion started by craig_h
  • Wisconsin, United States
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If it is over the limit of the forklift then dont move it,
i have been driving since 1975, i can do most things, even this can be done, but is not within the capacity of the forklift so should not be moved or try to lift.
  • Posted 13 May 2009 11:03
  • Reply by malcolm_p
  • Victoria, Australia
Surely the relief pressure on the lift is set higher than it should be ?
I would imagine that your employers don't worry about having to pay out for new forks, mast rollers and steering axles on a regular basis.
  • Posted 30 Apr 2009 18:51
  • Reply by derek_h
  • S.Yorks, United Kingdom
Yes. A Osha inspector will soften up their position.
  • Posted 29 Sep 2008 12:03
  • Reply by Tennessee
  • Tennessee, United States
you don't need to complain to OSHA, just keep your hands and feet inside the operators compartment, be sure to -ALWAYS- wear your seat belt, and get the instructions in written form, and signed by -all- the operators, so that everyone is following the same rules.
That way, when the forklift needs a new steering axle and knuckles for the third time, and the mechanic explains it is due to the smashing back on the ground the truck does, every time you tip it back on all four wheels, you are not "at blame".
let see, a 4000 lb counterweight dropping from how many feet?
  • Posted 24 Aug 2008 11:26
  • Modified 24 Aug 2008 11:28 by poster
  • Reply by edward_t
  • South Carolina, United States
do the back wheels pick up off the ground when you lift a load?
are u using other employees as additional counterweight?
then id say you should make a call

remember those ratings are for a load with a load center of 24"from the face of the forks and 24" up from the top of the fork blades

you have to look at the data plate and figure out the load center of the tub

you should be trained and have the osha cert this is covered in the course
as of 2000 i believe its illegal to operate a forklift without the cert


say if the load center of the tub the way you lift it is 36"
then the rating for the machine's max load would drop significantly and would be very dangerous
  • Posted 24 Aug 2008 10:43
  • Modified 24 Aug 2008 10:48 by poster
  • Reply by justinm
  • New York, United States

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