## Friday, June 27, 2014 Figure 4. Improperly distributed loads may tip the forklift if the operator exceeds the stated capacity of the truck. This forklift can carry 4,000 pounds at a 24 inches load center, but only 2,666 pounds at a 36 inches load center.
Requirements and Recommended Practices:

• If the stated load center is exceeded, compensate by reducing the weight of the load.

• Consult the forklift manufacturer’s instructions when handling large or unusually configured loads.

• Tip: Use field calculations to estimate the reduced lifting capacity if manufacturer’s instructions are not available. This calculation method will not produce exact load reduction figures. Use this method only as a guideline. The forklift manufacturer is the source of more precise information.
Field Calculation of Safe Load Capacity

Assume a situation where a forklift truck that has a 5,000 pound capacity at a 24 inch load center needs to handle a load whose center is 28 inches from the front face of the forks in the horizontal direction. The first thing to recognize is that the actual load center distance of 28 inches exceeds the standard load center distance of 24 inches on which the 5000 pound capacity is based, so the safe load capacity is actually less than 5000 pounds.

To estimate the truck's safe load capacity at a 28-inch load center, take the rated load center and divide it by the actual load center. Then multiply this number by the stated capacity to get the new approximate safe load capacity:

24 in/28 in x 5,000 lb = 4,285 lb (approximate safe load capacity)

Using the example in Figure 4, take the stated standard load center of 24 inches and divide it by the actual load center of 36 inches. Multiply this number by the stated capacity of 4,000 lb to get the new approximate safe load capacity:

24 in/36 in x 4,000 lb = 2,666 (approximate safe load capacity)