TCM Propane Forklifts
Forklift Tank Safety
The propane powered forklift is among the most popular kinds of lift trucks offered on the market nowadays. When using a propane lift truck, there are several things about the fuel tank and the fuel source to consider. For example, it is essential that all PPE or Personal Protective Equipment is worn every time an operator is on the equipment and in many places, on the jobsite.
Propane gas is quite cold and could cause serious burns to the skin if exposed, no matter how minor the exposure. Hence, 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 need to be worn for protection. Lots of workplaces need steel-toe boots to be worn as well when lifting heavy objects is part of your task. Every workplace has different regulations set in place which pertain to the specific requirements of the company. The supervisor would inform you of what kinds of PPE objects need to be worn prior to your shift begins.
In the refueling zone, there can be no open flames or any type 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 a very dangerous exploding situation would unfold.
Inspect the Valve
Before connecting the fuel line during a tank exchange, make certain that the valve on the new tank is turned off. If you accidentally insert the fuel line into an open valve, propane gas will be released. Neglecting this factor can possibly lead to a very terrible situation.
When the tank is being changed out or during the re-fueling process, a fire extinguisher must be made accessible. Most companies require that a fire extinguisher be mounted on each and every forklift. This is an important safety regulation that must be made a priority within the workplace.
Secure the Tank
The majority of propane tanks use a restraining device like a strap to keep them stable. Be sure that this security feature is correctly working because it is being used for the important task to stop the tank from falling or shifting. A faulty restraining condition could lead to the tank coming loose and falling or rolling around dangerous.
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