TCM Propane Forklifts
Lift Truck Tank Safety
The propane powered lift truck is amongst the most common kinds of forklifts offered on the market these days. When using a propane forklift, there are some factors about the fuel source and the fuel tank to think about. For instance, it is very important that all PPE or Personal Protective Equipment is worn each time an operator is on the machinery and in lots of places, on the jobsite.
Since propane gas is extremely cold, any contact to your skin, no matter how minor, could lead to severe burns. Therefore, it is a requirement that when you are completing a re-fueling process or exchanging the propane tank a complete face shield or safety goggles and thick gloves must be worn for protection. Numerous workplaces require steel-toe boots to be worn also when carrying heavy items is part of your task. Every workplace has various regulations set in place which pertain to the company's particular requirements. The supervisor would inform you of what types of PPE objects should be worn prior to your shift starts.
Because of the high flammability factor, there can absolutely be no open flames or any kind of smoking going on in the re-fueling zone. Propane gas is highly flammable and it is vital that it is never exposed to any kind of ignition source or a very dangerous exploding situation will unfold.
Check the Valve
Prior to connecting the fuel line during a tank exchange, make sure that the valve on the new tank is turned off. If you inadvertently insert the fuel line into an open valve, you will release the propane gas. Neglecting this factor could potentially lead to a really disastrous situation.
Whenever the tank is being changed out or during the re-fueling process, a fire extinguisher should be made available. The majority of businesses require that a fire extinguisher be mounted on each forklift. This is an essential safety rule that needs to be made a priority within the workplace.
Secure the Tank
The majority of propane tanks utilize a restraining device like a strap to keep them stable. Be sure that this security feature is working correctly as it is being used for the vital task to prevent the tank from shifting or falling. A faulty restraining situation could cause the tank falling or coming loose or rolling around dangerous.
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