Taylor Dual Fuel Forklifts
Forklift Tank Safety
One of the most common types of forklifts available is a propane-powered model. The propane is used to fuel these machines and it has several properties that need to be considered when working with the fuel tank. It is vital that PPE or also known as Personal Protective Equipment is worn all the time to be safe.
Propane is a really cold gas. It is too cold to touch as skin exposure can result in severe burns. When you are re-fueling or exchanging the propane tank, be sure to put on a full face shield or goggles and thick gloves. Personal Protective Equipment or PPE is a requirement to be used on site in order to keep the driver as safe as possible. Personal Protective Equipment or PPE is a standard workplace requirement for most companies utilizing this kind of machine and if the driver does not have the correct things on, such as steel-toe boots, a hardhat, goggles etc. than he or she might be banned from utilizing the machine.
Check the Valve
If you are in the process of exchanging the tank, be sure that the valve on the new tank is absolutely turned off before connecting the fuel line. This is really essential because when you are inserting the fuel line into an open valve, you would release the propane gas. This condition could result in a potentially hazardous situation.
One more important safety measure to have implemented is to have a fire extinguisher close by when fuel is being added or when the tank is being changed. Nearly all companies have fire extinguishers located near the refueling post. It is better to have one close and not require it, than to need one and not have one nearby. Most safety rules require this is set up on location too.
Secure the Tank
Most propane tanks are strapped securely into place by some kind of strap or restraining device. Be certain that this device is properly working and correctly used so that you could prevent the tank from shifting or falling, as this can also result in a hazardous condition.
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