Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tipover

There are two basic type of tipovers in a forklift: 1) a forward tip or longitudinal tip, and 2) a lateral or side tip. The procedure to follow in the event of tipover varies depending on the type of tipover and the class of forklifts that you may use in your facility.
Example of warning label on a powered industrial truck showing actions to take in the event of a tipover of a sit-down counterbalanced truck. Note that the operator's seatbelt should already be fastened.
Figure 18. Example of warning label on a powered industrial truck showing actions to take in the event of a tipover of a sit-down counterbalanced truck. Note that the operator's seatbelt should already be fastened.  
  IN CASE OF A TIPOVER:

For tipovers on sit-down counterbalanced trucks:

  • Don't jump. Stay in the forklift.
  • Hold tight to the steering wheel.
  • Brace feet.
  • Lean AWAY from the impact.
  • Lean forward.
Note: Tipover procedures for other types of forklifts may vary. For example operators of stand-up forklifts with rear-entry access should step backwards off the forklift if a tipover occurs.

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