Taylor Dual Fuel Forklifts
Forklift Tank Safety
The propane powered forklift is among the most common kinds of lift trucks. These vehicle are powered by propane, which come with some considerations that should be accounted for. It is very important that Personal Protective Equipment or PPE is worn at all times to be safe.
PPE or Personal Protective Equipment
Propane is a really cold gas. It is very cold to touch because skin exposure can lead to serious burns. When you are re-fueling or exchanging the propane tank, be sure to put on thick gloves and a full face shield or goggles. PPE or Personal Protective Equipment is a requirement to be utilized on location in order to keep the operator as safe as possible. PPE or Personal Protective Equipment is a standard workplace requirement for most companies utilizing this machinery and if the operator does not have the correct items on, like safety goggles, steel-toe boots, a hardhat and that than he or she may be prohibited from using the equipment.
Check the Valve
Prior to connecting the fuel line in the process of exchanging the tank, make certain that the new tanks valve is turned off. This is very important because when you are inserting the fuel line into an open valve, you would release the propane gas. This condition can lead to a potentially hazardous situation.
Having a fire extinguisher available during the time the tank is being changed out or when re-fueling is occurring is another essential safety measure to have implemented. Most businesses have fire extinguishers situated near the refueling post. It is better to have one nearby and not require it, than to need one and not have one nearby. The majority of safety rules need this is set up on site also.
Secure the Tank
Most propane tanks have either a restraining device or a strap to secure the tank to the machinery. Be sure that this device is correctly functioning and utilized properly so that you can prevent the tank from shifting or falling, because this could also lead to a dangerous situation.
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