How to read the load plate of a forklift truck ?

by Olivier Boutte, the 3 December 2018

Screwed on the truck and visible from the driver station, the load plate gathers all the information necessary to operate safely. Regulation now requires a standard format for this plate, so that reading it becomes easier.

The ID card of your forklift truck

It’s the upper part of the load plate. It indicates the model and the « NF symbol » for the machine, as well as its lifting height and serial number.

The load curves

Essential, they give the maximum authorized weight per height and for a vertical or tilted forward mast. The maximum load is valid only if weight is homogeneous and equally distributed.

In the example hereabove, for a one meter long load, to lift at 5,46 m high, mast being vertical, maximum weight is 1 800 kg.


The tare plate

It reminds the operator of the total weight of the empty truck and, if necessary, of the minimum weight of the battery.

The responsability of the operator

The operator must absolutely be able to properly read the load plate to use the machine safely. A good understanding of the information it contains is the only way to define precisely which weight can be loaded and how the load must be dispatched on the pallet to respect the gravity center and avoid tilting.

The teams of LEVÉE LIBRE help you understand this information by teaching you how to read them upon delivery. If necessary, dedicated training sessions can be organized.

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