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Forklift Stability Triangle

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The forklift stability triangle, also known as the stability triangle or stability zone, is a concept used to understand the stability and safe operation of forklifts. It refers to the three points of contact or support that form a triangle when viewed from the side.

The stability triangle consists of two points formed by the forklift’s front wheels or tires and a third point formed by the forklift’s center of gravity. The center of gravity is the point where the combined weight of the forklift and its load is concentrated.

When a forklift is properly loaded and balanced, the center of gravity is typically located near the middle of the triangle, providing stability during normal operations. However, if the load is too heavy, unevenly distributed, or improperly secured, it can shift the center of gravity outside the stability triangle, increasing the risk of tip-over accidents.

To maintain stability and prevent tip-overs, forklift operators must keep the center of gravity within the stability triangle. This means avoiding excessive speed, sudden turns, and abrupt braking, as these actions can cause the load to shift and destabilize the forklift.

It’s important for forklift operators to receive proper training on the principles of the stability triangle and safe operating practices. Understanding the stability triangle helps operators make informed decisions about load handling, maneuvering, and maintaining forklift stability, ultimately promoting a safer work environment.


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