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Here, you'll get some important forklift safety reminders and learn how the propane industry is keeping you safe. Don't forget to download your free toolkit to share with employees, too.
8 Tips for Staying Safe
Here are the essential reminders your crew should keep in mind to protect themselves and their coworkers.
One of the many parts of a forklift cylinder is the pressure relief valve, which provides overpressure protection to the cylinder. It should be kept clean,
unrestricted, set to the 12 o’clock position, and directed upward at a 45-degree angle when the cylinder is mounted horizontally.
The seatbelt on forklifts is designed to protect the operator in case of tip-over, which is why it's essential to buckle up before getting to work.
To help prevent an accident, OSHA directs operators to stop the forklift and set the brake before raising or lowering the forks. Accidents can occur when approaching a load too fast or turning too rapidly.
Maintain a safe distance from the edge of ramps to prevent dangerous tip-over. When descending a ramp with a loaded forklift, always travel in reverse with the forklift and payload pointed up the grade. When traveling up a ramp with an unloaded forklift, always keep the forks pointed downgrade.
Avoid dangerous collisions at cross aisles, and anywhere else visibility of the forklift may be obstructed, by slowing down and sounding the horn.
Unless it's properly secured, an unattended forklift is a danger to the operator and others. When parking, follow proper safety procedures, including putting the forklift in neutral and lowering the forks to the floor.
When a propane forklift isn't in use, be sure to turn the service valve clockwise until it's completely closed.
Store the cylinders in a secure (padlocked) rack outside that protects them from sunlight and rain. Your propane supplier can assist you with the safe placement of your cylinder cage.
How Your Propane Supplier Keeps You Safe
Did you know the propane industry has dedicated procedures to support your safety?
Suppliers inspect cylinders each time they're exchanged and remove damaged cylinders from service. It's also a chance for suppliers to repair and replace leaky valves and O-rings on the cylinders as needed. Your supplier can help you identify the most convenient location for your cylinder cages so they don't interfere with workflow.
When you choose propane forklifts, you have choices for refueling — both of which your propane supplier can help you navigate safely. You can choose a cylinder exchange program, where your propane supplier refills the cylinders for you. Or you can choose on-site refueling, where trained members of your team refill cylinders themselves.
Some propane suppliers offer additional safety training opportunities for forklift customers.
Your Safety Ally: Your Propane Supplier
When you have questions about working with propane forklifts safely, your local propane supplier is the first person to call.
Safety Tips From A Pro
See how our own service techs play it safe around propane forklifts.
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