Forklift Operator and Machine Certifications

As you work to grow your crew, you need employees that are certified to operate the machinery you use every day. Forklift operators are certified by special forklift operator training schools that help maintain OSHA compliance and increase safety in the workplace.


As long as employees are over the age of 18, have a high school diploma or GED, and complete the training, they will be able to earn a forklift certification. This is particularly useful for those in a number of industries that work with heavy machinery, including construction, manufacturing, landscaping, docking, and more. Holding a certificate in forklift operation gives employees a valuable tool they can use in their career moving forward.


The forklift operator will learn how to read a forklift data plate or load chart which gives the operator information about the amount of load that can be safely lifted and to what heights and reaches. The operator will also learn to read the data plate and determine if the plate accurately represents the current configuration of the machine with the present attachments installed. If the data plate does not reflect the current attachments installed, the operator or company management may contact Professional Forklift Engineering Services, LLC at or 843-532-6469 to have the forklift data plate or load chart updated and the machine certified to the new safe lifting capacity.


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Material Handling with Forklifts

Moving materials and items around a business, warehouse, or job site is necessary for work to be done correctly and efficiently. This means that companies rely on forklifts and certified forklift operators in order to safely move materials while minimizing risks for everyone else. Over time, forklifts have become progressively more advanced and safe for operators, making it even easier for materials to be moved without issue. So, how can forklifts be used to accomplish your company’s goals?

Always follow the specified load weight limits for the forklift you are using. Explore your options for models that have different limits for maneuverability and operating space. New forklift designs simplify the process for operators and deliver greater benefits for companies. For growing businesses, attractive lease options lower the cost of using a forklift while their benefits help save you time and money. Learn more about the value forklifts provide by reading the accompanying infographic.



What Type of Forklift Do You Need?

When you are in need of machinery to move products and other materials around your business or job site, using a forklift is one of the easiest and most efficient options. However, with the variety of forklifts available for the job, it can be difficult to decide which will be best for your situation. In order to solve this problem, it is important to consider a few factors.

Start by assessing the purpose of the forklift. Do you need it to pull pallets from a shelf or move large pallets around a construction site? What load capacity is needed to get the job done correctly and safely? Don’t forget to note the size of the space in which the forklift will operate. Choosing one too large will negate any benefits you hope to receive.

You also want to ensure that you have certified forklift operators who can easily operate the lift to help you cut down on time and expenses along the way. Research the type of forklifts available and assess your individual needs before buying or leasing for your company.

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The maximum weight data placard on forklifts should never be regarded as the maximum amount able to be lifted. There are several factors that affect the lifting capacity, which is often reduced for various reasons. It is important to remember the lifting capacity is based upon the load center.


Did you know you lose weight-lifting capacity for every one inch beyond the actual load center? It is your responsibility to calculate the load center for any type of attachment used with the truck, including the original one. In addition, each time you switch attachments, it is essential to recalculate the load center and maximum load lift capacity of the forklift.


To learn more about the factors that affect the load center and load capacities, please feel free to continue reading the following infographic presented by Lift Truck Capacity Calculator. We can also provide assistance with determining the load center for a variety of attachments, as well as those that are worn by contacting us directly.


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Driving a forklift or similar heavy lifting equipment is a responsibility not to be taken lightly—if handled improperly, these heavy mobile vehicles can cause serious damage both to the immediate environment and to human beings in their path.


To a large extent, safe operating procedures are a matter of simple common sense, but sometimes accidents happen even to experienced, mindful drivers. In a significant number of these incidents, the problem can be traced to a very simple cause: inaccurate capacity data labels.


Data labels are easy enough to ignore. Some forklift drivers rarely, if ever, glance at them, preferring instead to trust gut feelings developed through long experience. This is a mistake, however. It’s important to refer to these labels to ensure the maximal operating safety of lifting equipment—but this information is useless if it is out of date or just plain wrong.


Inaccurate data labels can cause multiple problems for you; let’s explore the issue further in the infographic posted below.


The Importance of Accurate Capacity Data Labels on your Equipment

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If your company uses a forklift, you know how important this piece of equipment can be. What you might not know is how versatile a forklift can be as well. Special forklift attachments can be used to help transform your forklift into a multi-purpose machine or designated for a very particular task.


Special forklift attachments are convenient. You can add rotators, barrel clamps, push-pull attachments, and more to help make your forklift meet your industry needs. If the attachments are not certified for your machine, however, there are hazards to using these attachments. OSHA guidelines help decide whether an attachment will affect the safe operation of your forklift. By utilizing a certified attachment (and forklift), you’re ensuring that your employees can safely operate the machine and get the job done.


If you’re interested in using special forklift attachments, continue reading the following infographic. You’ll learn more about OSHA’s requirements for these attachments, as well as how Professional Forklift Engineering Services can help you find the right attachment.



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Lift Truck Capacity Calculator’s new fork mounted ram polls address the problem presented by heavy rolls of Bentonite geosynthetic liners or geosynthetic clay liners, commonly referred to as GCLs. GCLs are essential components of modern landfills, helping to contain their contents and prevent groundwater seepage.


GCL rolls are less heavy than traditional clay liners, but are still very heavy. Safely handling these rolls poses a challenge for contractors working in the rough terrain typically associated with landfills. Lift Truck Capacity Calculator’s new fork mounted ram roll is specially designed to handle GCLs. The new product can safely lift GCLs up to 3,200 lbs., 16 feet wide, and three feet in diameter. Careful consideration must be exercised in designing an attachment for this application and Pro Forklift Eng Svcs has a certifiable solution available. To learn more about


Lift Truck Capacity Calculator’s innovative new fork mounted ram roll; take a look at this easy-to-understand infographic.


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Stability when driving a forklift is essential so that your operators do not tip when moving a load from one place to another. There are certain design stability requirements set by the industry and manufacturers that are in place for each specific type of powered industrial truck. The term “design stability” refers to the measurement of a truck’s resistance to overturning under controlled circumstances. Here are a few factors that can influence stability:

  • Weight Distribution
  • Truck Speed
  • Wheelbase
  • Suspension Method
  • Wheel Tread

Taking these factors and more into account, forklifts and other industrial trucks are tested and inspected to determine stability. A tilting platform test verifies stability and can also be used to enhance forklift design to better meet the needs of operators and warehouses. Various test values are also calculated to forecast prevision and stability, followed by tests to confirm that weight distribution and other factors are adequately maintained.


Design Stability Testing and Requirements for Forklifts

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Ensuring that you follow all safety standards and regulations in your warehouse is essential in order to maintain compliance and reduce the risk of injury to your employees. In addition to organizing storage spaces and improving workplace efficiency, understanding the standards set for powered trucks and forklifts will promote safety and increase accountability for your business. These govern everything from workplace lighting, to storage, to the color of paint on the vehicle. Here are just a few to become familiar with:

  • The USA Standard Safety Color Code for Marking Physical Hazards and Identification of Certain Equipment should be followed in relation to obstructions and aisles.
  • Areas designated for battery charging and installations should only be used for that purpose.
  • Ensure that the storage and handling of fuel, such as diesel and gasoline, are up to code.

Be sure that your management team and employees are aware of the various safety standards in place for the storage and operation of powered industrial trucks in order to avoid potential injury and loss for your organization.


B56.1 Standards for Powered Industrial Trucks

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Forklift safety is not to be taken lightly. This equipment is involved in around 90,000 accidents every year and sometimes people sustain sever, and occasionally even fatal injuries from these incidents. Even if a forklift accident at the workplace doesn’t result in such serious consequences, it’s likely that a business will find still itself embroiled in workers’ compensation issues, and OSHA will always investigate the accident looking for regulatory violations. The infographic depicts the various recorded causes of accidents.  Regardless of the ultimate resolution, a missing or incorrect data plate will be flagged, will result in OSHA fines and can be legal fodder.

An incorrect or missing data plate can preclude an operator and the management team from understanding the lifting limitations of the machine. Properly trained forklift operators understand how to read the data plate and look for the forklift’s maximum capacity in a particular situation. Fortunately there is now no reason to operate with an incorrect data plate because the specialists at Professional Forklift Engineering Services make it easy, quick and cost effective to stay OSHA compliant. If we can help your business obtain the data plates and certifications you need please contact us for a quote.


How to Update Your Forklift Capacity Data Plate

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