What causes the center of gravity to leave the stability range?
- Machine speed is too fast
- Load is too heavy
- Load is too high
- Load is not centered
- Unstable foundation, soft ground, voids
- Operating on a slope
- Know the load capacity and load center.
- Know that loads that are bulky or big can change the load center, reducing lifting capacity.
- Forklift attachments reduce lifting capacity and move center of gravity forward
- Get training before operating the equipment, do not operate equipment that you are not qualified on.
- Keep the load low when traveling.
- Do not make sharp turns.
- Decrease speed during turns.
- Survey the work area for hazards such as unmarked trenches or holes.
- Secure loads that are likely to shift, such as pipe or other rounded objects.
WHEN A ROLLOVER OCCURS
- Wear your seat belt!
- During a rollover the operator may be ejected from the lift and pinned beneath the lift and killed.
- If your equipment tips, brace yourself and hang on.
- Do not attempt to jump clear of the lift, you will likely end up below the equipment and be struck by it.