Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 8 - Think and Explain: 77

Answer

If a fully-loaded drawer of an unsecured file cabinet is opened, the CG of the cabinet + drawers can be shifted beyond the footprint of the cabinet. If this happens, the gravitational torque tips the cabinet. Heavy top drawers are especially dangerous because they raise the CG, making it more likely that the CG shifts outside the support base.
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