Forklifts are able to lift very heavy things as they have a counterweight on the rear of the lift truck. The giant counterweight gives balance to the forklift so the equipment doesn't tip over when carrying heavy cargo. Forklifts are rated according to their load capacity. A small lift truck which could lift 1800 kilograms weighs about 4000 kilograms, that is equivalent to two full-size pickup trucks. The biggest forklifts could lift stuff as heavy as 36,000 kilograms.
There are a lot of safety issues involved in using a forklift. When driving down a ramp, travel in reverse. If the load is bulky and interferes with vision, haul it in reverse. Operators must know how to mount the lift safely utilizing the "three-point stance." This includes placing the right hand on the back of the seat, while holding the upright of the safety cage using the left hand and putting the left foot on the step. On no account should you jump out of a lift truck even during a tip over. It is actually a lot safer to stay inside the confines of the lift. Any fall or slip on a forklift could result in severe injuries.
In many industries, the forklift is considered an indispensable since they are required to quickly raise and transport goods, unload and load products safely and with little to no physical exertion. Pedestrian safety is a major consideration when operating in public spaces. Operators should always give pedestrians the right-of-way. A forklift must never be driven on uneven grounds or on a highway. The driver should have a seat belt tightly fastened at all times when driving.
Forklifts are an essential tool for the cultures which either consumes or makes mass-produced products. Forklifts will continue to remain vital pieces of equipment for companies. OSHA supervises compliance standards for businesses that use forklifts and provides protocols for licensing and certification. The forklift Rodeo is an entertainment event intended for operators and other employees that involves an obstacle course and other interesting spectacles.