VIDEO: Reviewing the Data Plate
In this short training video, our Corporate Trainer, Russell Niedzwiecki, explains the four key pieces of information on the data plate that will help an operator stay within safety parameters.
Have you ever seen a forklift operator just hop into a lift truck at the start of their shift and take off? In this world of “hurry up, time is money”, it’s not uncommon.
But a forklift is a big, potentially dangerous piece of equipment. Accidents can cause expensive damage. Worse, they can hurt or even kill people. So, taking just a moment to review basic information before starting off is a smart move
We highly recommend that the operator take a look at the vehicle’s data plate at the beginning of their shift. This is especially important if you have several makes/models in your fleet since each will have different operating limits. But even if you have only one lift truck, this quick review serves as a valuable reminder to the operator of what capacities and limits they are working with.
Here are the four key pieces of information on the data plate that will help an operator stay within safety parameters:
- Base weight (Note that, for electric trucks, battery weight is not included in the truck’s base weight but is listed separately)
- Lift capacity
- Load center
- Maximum lift height
The data plate will also provide make and model, mast type and tilt, fuel type, battery data on electric models, and tire information.