Forklift Jib Essential Guide
What is a forklift jib?
A forklift jib is a common type of attachment for forklift trucks. Forklift jibs are designed to slide and secure easily onto forklift tines. They usually have a hook at the end of the jib for quick attachment to the load.
Purpose of a forklift jib
The main purpose of a forklift jib is to easily attach to, lift, and transport a load. A forklift jib can be used in warehouses, workshops and factories, and can be custom made to suit a particular application or repetitive workplace task.
The most common types are:
- Fixed Forklift Jib – these are best for repetitive tasks where adjustments are not needed.
- Extendable forklift jib – able to be extended to certain lengths, telescope style. Each length will have a different working load limit.
- Adjustable forklift jib – able to adjust to different angles. Different angles will have an impact on the working load limit of the forklift jib.
Working load limit of a forklift jib
Forklift jibs are made to a certain working load limit (WLL) e.g. 2 tonne. The weight of the load must not exceed this working load limit. The working load limit will be clearly displayed on the forklift jib. It is important to remember that a working load limit can be decreased when an adjustable jib is extended, or positioned at an angle.
Inspecting and testing forklift jibs
Forklift jibs should be periodically inspected and load tested by a capable Inspection Officer. All Lifting can provide inspections, load testing and certification of forklift jibs. Forklift truck license holders must be retrained to safely operate a new forklift jib. The added weight of a forklift jib can potentially overload a forklift, or cause tipping due to a change in the centre of gravity.
All Lifting has a complete range of forklift jib, used in factories and warehouses across a wide range of industries where heavy lifting is required. All Lifting can custom make a forklift jib to your specific requirements.