TCM Propane Forklifts
Lift Truck Tank Safety
The propane powered lift truck is one of the most popular kinds of lift trucks offered on the market nowadays. When utilizing a propane lift truck, there are several factors about the fuel source and the fuel tank to think about. For instance, it is very essential that all PPE or Personal Protective Equipment is worn every time an operator is on the machine and in a lot of places, on the jobsite.
Propane gas is quite cold and may lead to serious burns to the skin if exposed, no matter how minor the exposure. Hence, it is a requirement that whenever you are completing a re-fueling process or exchanging the propane tank a full face shield or safety goggles and thick gloves must be worn for protection. Numerous workplaces require steel-toe boots to be worn too when carrying heavy things is part of your responsibility. Each workplace has various rules set in place that pertain to the particular requirements of the company. The supervisor will inform you of what PPE things must be worn before your first shift.
In the refueling area, there can be no open flames or any kind of smoking going on because of the high flammability factor. Propane gas is very flammable and it is very vital that it is never exposed to any type of ignition source or an extremely dangerous exploding situation will unfold.
Inspect 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 a valve which is open, propane gas will be released. Neglecting this factor could possibly create a really disastrous situation.
A fire extinguisher must be made accessible, when the tank is being changed out during the refueling process. Most businesses require that a fire extinguisher be mounted on every forklift. This is a very essential safety rule that must be made a priority in the workplace.
Secure the Tank
Most propane tanks use a restraining device like a strap to keep them stable. Be certain that this security feature is working correctly as it is being utilized for the important task to stop the tank from falling or shifting. A faulty restraining condition could cause the tank falling or coming loose or rolling around dangerous.
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