Log in to view your state's edition
You are not logged in
Close





State:
Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of 12 Ways to Boost Workplace Safety

Managing safety training, enforcing safety rules, and monitoring employee performance is a big responsibility. You’re the one who can do the most to successfully promote safety in the workplace.

Follow the 12 simple, down-to-earth suggestions in this special report and learn how to provide the guidance and leadership your employees need and your management relies on

Download Now!


Covering Safety awareness in:
  • Back Safety
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Safety
  • Forklift Safety
  • Hazardous Waste Operations
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Sexual Harassment and Safety
  • Violence in the Workplace
The report also provides special event and awareness tips like:
  • National Safety Month
  • National Fire Prevention Week
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
This is a time- and work-saving reference packed with effective training information.

Download Now!
Bookmark and Share
June 24, 2011
What is the Center of Gravity of a Forklift?

Do your employees understand the concept of center of gravity as it relates to forklifts? You can convey the following basic information to help them understand this topic.

For a Limited Time receive a FREE Safety Special Report on the "50 Tips For More-Effective Safety Training."  Receive 75 pages of useful safety information broken down into three training sections. Download Now

Center of Gravity. The load center is the distance between the vertical face of the forks and the center of gravity of the load.

  • The center of gravity is the balance point of the load—that is, the exact point on which the entire load will balance. For loads that are composed of consistent material, the balance point will be near the center of the load.
  • If the load is inconsistent—that is, it contains materials of different weights and densities—the load center will be on the side with the heaviest material. For example, if a pallet contains bricks on one side and pillows on the other, the center of gravity would be closer to the side with the bricks.
  • If possible, a load should always be picked up on the side that is closest to its center of gravity. This helps keep the weight of the load closer to the forklift and reduces the risk of the load falling off or causing the forklift to tip over.

The above information comes from BLR’s presentation 'Forklift Operator Safety.' For more information on all the training courses BLR has to offer, go to our Safety Training page.

Featured Special Report:
12 Ways to Boost Workplace Safety
   
   
 
 
Twitter  Facebook  Linked In
Follow Us
Copyright © 2014 Business & Legal Resources. All rights reserved. 800-727-5257
This document was published on http://Safety.BLR.com
Document URL: http://safety.blr.com/workplace-safety-news/equipment-and-process-safety/forklift-safety/11zll01-What-is-the-Center-of-Gravity-of-a-Forklif/