The manufacturer of a forklift will secure a data plate to the machinery, prior to selling the equipment to a second party. The data plate indicates the make and model of the vehicle, its load capacity, and the type of attachments that a forklift is currently supporting.  

The Plate Information

A manufacturer is responsible for furnishing vital details about a forklift. A forklift is a piece of heavy construction equipment that may be responsible for most of the material handling that a business conducts. The specifications associated with a particular forklift model must be clearly-posted. The information that is attached to a plate will represent the OSHA-compliant features that a forklift possesses.

If a forklift is altered, it will not necessarily be able to safely lift and transport the same amount of weight. When modifications are made, a machine should be reassessed. Written or typed approval that a manufacturer provides should be clearly visible while a machine is being operated. The approval of a modification will ensure that a forklift is compliant and safe to operate indoors or outdoors. 

The Weight Limits

A forklift is rated to carry a maximum weight load. This weight load will be one of the key details that will be displayed on a data plate. Load bearing limits are reflective of the manner in which materials are transported. The transporting of uneven loads or ones that contain long materials that do not fit inside of an attachment could affect the weight limit that a forklift can adequately handle.

An owner's manual will outline the proper way to load a forklift. This will involve placing items evenly across the attachment that will be transporting materials. If there will be any fluctuations in the types of loads that are picked up or the manner in which they are transported, an end user should familiarize themselves with how this could affect the overall capacity that a forklift can adequately handle.

Whenever a new attachment is going to be attached to a forklift, it could affect the performance of the machinery. A forklift operator should research various attachments and configure how much weight they can safely transport. A forklift should never be overloaded. This will not only hinder the efficiency of material handling projects but could also compromise the safety of a forklift operator. Whenever a forklift is actively engaged, someone should be available to spot the machinery operator. This will minimize accidents.