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The legislative information contained on this web site is my interpretation of the law based on many years in the health and safety business. A definitive interpretation can only be given by the courts. I will therefore not be held responsible for any accident/incident/prosecution arising as a consequence of anyone using any information obtained from this web site.

Fork lift truck Lateral stability - Sideways tipover

forklift lateral stabilityMore fork lift stability accidents happen when trucks tip over in a sideways direction than when they tip forwards. The golden rule is STAY ON THE TRUCK AND DON'T JUMP!

Nowadays seatbelts are supposed to be fitted to nearly all counterbalanced trucks and operators are supposed to wear them! If a truck is fitted with a seatbelt it makes good sense to use it always.

When considering sideways or lateral stability it's useful to use a car as an analogy. Comparing a fork lift to a car we have the following:

To make sure a truck doesn't overturn, operators should observe the following rules:

For details of lateral stability testing click here

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