The safe speed for a forklift is one that will allow a controlled stop at all times. A controlled stop is one that involves hitting nothing and not losing the load.
What this means is that operators need to take into account the load, the ground conditions, the forklift’s tires and brake condition as well as the activity in the working area. A slower speed also gives the operator more time to react. Many forklift accidents are caused by excessive speed. Our forklift training program always covers this topic.