Forklift Capacity Calculator



Forklifts are one of the best tools available for warehouses and manufacturing plants. But forklifts can also be very dangerous when improperly used. That is why there are OSHA forklift regulations, and why anyone who operates a lift truck should receive OSHA forklift certification.

Forklifts can:

Damage products that were meant to be transported, resulting in a loss of inventory investment.

Injure workers who may be on foot when the forklift is in operation.

Destroy structures within the warehouse area such as shelving, loading docks, packing stations, and other equipment.

Seriously damage the building itself, causing holes in the floor, walls, or support beams.

The OSHA forklift regulations detail numerous areas in which businesses must be compliant:

Industrial trucks must comply with ANSI standard B56.1-1969.

Forklifts must have a label indicating the lift was tested and approved by an authorized testing laboratory.

Lift trucks cannot be modified by the owner without the manufacturer's prior written approval or the approval from a professional engineer. This includes capacity as well as attachments and operation.

A forklift must have the weight of the truck and its attachments clearly marked to indicate the combined weight at maximum elevation with a laterally centered load.

Gas-operated lift trucks must not exceed the carbon monoxide gas emission levels stipulated.

Special regulations are listed for storage and handling of liquid fuels and liquid petroleum gas.

OSHA forklift certification is required for anyone who operates a lift truck. This training reinforces the safety procedures and is a good preventative measure for your business. Certified OSHA forklift operators are very valuable to a business because not only are they trained to properly operate the lift according to guidelines, but they can also spot issues with the lift truck itself. Forklift operators can identify potential capacity issues or mechanical problems before they become a more serious concern.

Lift trucks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are used for many purposes. There are numerous attachments that can be combined onto a lift truck to be used for specialized operations. Different lift trucks combined with different attachments will have different lift capacities, depending on the configuration.

It is very important to accurately calculate the lift capacity of the forklift and attachment combination. Each forklift manufacturer is different, and each attachment manufacturer and configuration is different. These variations can cause lift capacity calculations to be incorrect, which can potentially have very serious consequences when the truck is put into operation with the wrong information.

Before sending a lift truck into operation, it is vital to accurately determine the lift capacity. Contact Professional Forklift Engineering Services for assistance in properly calculating lift capacity and acquiring certifiable results, and receive an OSHA-compliant capacity rating for your equipment.

Osha Forklift Regulations

If you are responsible for any forklift operations, being aware of OSHA forklift regulations is a necessity. Not only is it legally mandated that you adhere to all guidelines stipulated by OSHA, but it is generally a good practice.

Osha Regulations

Do you know whether or not your truck is compliant with OSHA regulations? Sure, each and every truck comes with a plate that determines its capacity, but are you sure that the plate is accurate after the various additions and modifications that have taken place over the years.