Lift Truck Tank Safety
The propane powered lift truck is one of the most popular kinds of forklifts available on the market today. When utilizing a propane forklift, there are several factors about the fuel source and the fuel tank to consider. For instance, it is really essential that all PPE or Personal Protective Equipment is worn each and every time an operator is on the machinery and in many areas, on the jobsite.
Propane gas is quite cold and may result in serious burns to the skin if exposed, no matter how minor the contact. Hence, it is a requirement that whenever you are completing a re-fueling process or exchanging the propane tank safety goggles or a full face shield and thick gloves should be worn for protection. Many workplaces require steel-toe boots to be worn also when lifting heavy things is part of your task. Every workplace has various rules set in place which pertain to the particular needs of the business. The supervisor would inform you of what kinds of PPE objects must be worn before your starting your shift.
In the refueling area, there could be no open flames or any type of smoking going on due to the high flammability factor. Propane gas is highly ignitable and it is very vital that it is never exposed to any kind of ignition source or a very dangerous exploding situation will unfold.
Inspect the Valve
Make certain that the valve on the new tank is turned off prior to connecting the fuel line when exchanging the fuel tank. If you inadvertently insert the fuel line into a valve that is open, you will release the propane gas. Neglecting this factor could potentially result in a very disastrous situation.
When the tank is being changed out or during the re-fueling process, a fire extinguisher must be made available. Nearly all businesses require that a fire extinguisher be mounted on each forklift. This is a really important safety rule which must be made a priority in the workplace.
Secure the Tank
The majority of propane tanks will use a restraining device such as a strap or bracket to keep the tank stable. Be sure that this security feature is properly working as it is being used for the vital task to prevent the tank from falling or shifting. A faulty restraining condition could cause the tank coming loose and falling or rolling around dangerous.