Chapter 1 - Welcome
Chapter 2 - Rules and Regulations
Chapter 3 - Forklift Classes and Certifications
Chapter 4 - Forklifts & Automobiles
Chapter 5 - Forklift Stability
Chapter 6 - Safety and Mishaps
Chapter 7 - Pre-Shift Inspection
Chapter 8 - Standard Forklifts
Chapter 9 - Narrow Aisle Forklifts
Chapter 10 - Powered Pallet Jack
Chapter 11 - Final Considerations
12. Final Exam

Final Thoughts on Forklift Stability

Understanding the concepts in this chapter and operating the machine correctly will ensure safe forklift operation. Other factors that can affect a forklift’s stability include but are not limited to:

  • Making sharp turns or sudden movements.
  • Driving too fast – remember, a forklift is not a racecar.
  • Operating on slippery surfaces or in areas with poor visibility.
  • Not being aware of your surroundings.
  • Operating on slopes or grades, as these can alter the forklift’s center of gravity. If you must drive on a slope, always go straight up or down, never turn on a slope!

Recent statistics reveal that 70% of forklift-related incidents in the workplace could be prevented with better operator training. As the operator, you decide which attachments to use, when to engage a load, how to carry it, how high to lift it, how much weight to carry, and how fast to travel. The principles learned in this chapter and throughout this course will form the foundation of your daily habits and judgment. Remember, you control the forklift’s stability, and you can prevent accidents.