Forklifts are one of the most used pieces of equipment on your worksite. Just like with any industrial equipment, they can pose a safety risk if not used by properly trained crews. According to Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), an estimated 34,900 serious injuries and 85 fatal accidents are caused by forklifts every year.
When operating a forklift, it is crucial to know the parts and terms for the material handling equipment you use to help promote safe operation. At Trupar America , we have put together a guide on some of the main parts of a forklift to help you get started: Cab This is the area where the operator sits or stands. The cab contains the controls for operating the forklift, including the lift controls, steering wheel, accelerator, brake pedals, safety signals, etc. Counterweight This is an essential part of a counterbalance forklift truck. The counterweight works to prevent the trucks from tipping over when lifting and transporting a heavy load. Forks Forks are two big steel tines that come out from the front of the truck and are used to handle materials, lift pallets, and remove products from high shelves. Fuel Tank These are featured on gas-powered forklifts. The fuel tank is attached to the rear of the forklift and holds the fuel for the truck. Fuel type varies by model and can be d