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The load carrying capacity of a forklift is indicated on the capacity plate or name plate and should be found affixed to the forklift in a prominent location in view of the operator. This data plate will indicate the maximum lifting capacity of the machine to the full extension height of the mast and a specified load center for a given configuration. If the forklift configuration or the load characteristics have changed since the data plate was issued, if the plate is unreadable, or if there are special new load handling conditions, a capacity plate should be changed or added to reflect the relevant forklift, forklift attachments and load conditions. This is extremely important because a warehouse manager and a trained forklift operator will first look to this capacity plate and rely on this information for the maximum load that can be safely handled with the machine.

OSHA Regional News Release - Dec. 7, 2011

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Public Affairs
HILLSIDE, Ill. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Central Transport International Inc. for 17 safety, including four repeat, violations at the company's Hillside facility. The violations involve allowing workers to operate unsafe forklifts and failing to provide proper eyewash facilities for workers exposed to corrosive chemicals, among others. Proposed penalties total $164,800.

OSHA's Chicago North Area Office initiated an inspection after receiving a complaint alleging that employees were not provided with forklift training and a hazardous material spill had occurred due to a forklift incident. No injuries were reported.