Forklift Forks should be at least 2/3 under a load

Many forklift operators pickup loads and only put the forks through part of the load for many reasons. But how far is safe?

We all agree that forks under the full load is best but what if the racks are back to back or the load is against a wall?

If you go under the full load in this situation you can catch on the other load and knock it off the opposite side rack or pop a hole in the wall.

So best practice is to be at least TWO THIRDS 2/3 under the load and Pick up a load with your forks under at least 2/3 of your load, then if you can bring the load down and get the entire load.

So what does 2/3 look like? Here is a photo at Merchants Metals where they pick up loads with the right amount of forks.

You will notice that the forks are way more than 1/2 way under the load!

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