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5 Safety Tips to Think About When Using Propane Powered Forklifts

employee refueling propane forklift

Many businesses use propane powered forklifts to efficiently move product and inventory. A key benefit of propane forklifts is their long-lasting power. Propane makes material handling easy because it provides consistent power for long periods of time. They are also quick and easy to refill, creating less downtime in between loads. In order to get the job done safely, it is important to know the common safety procedures when dealing with a propane forklift:forklift safety caution sign

1. Keep it secure

One of the many parts of a forklift cylinder is the pressure relief valve which provides overpressure protection to the cylinder. This valve should be kept clean, unrestricted, set to the 12 o’clock position, and directed upwards at a 45-degree angle when the cylinder is mounted horizontally.

2. Watch the ramp

Maintain a safe distance from the edge of ramps to prevent a 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 travelling up a ramp with an unloaded forklift, always keep the forks pointed downgrade.

3. Be aware of surroundings

Avoid dangerous collisions at cross aisles and anywhere else visibility of the forklift may be obstructed. Do this by slowing down and sounding the horn.

4. Putting it away for the day

Unless it is 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.

5. Secure the valve

When a propane forklift isn’t in use, be sure to turn the service valve clockwise until it is completely closed.

According to a survey conducted by the Propane Education and Research Council, propane-fueled forklifts dominate the middle weight class of forklifts (5,000-10,000 lbs), with 70% of fleet managers opting for propane forklifts.

Despite the benefits of using propane forklifts, California regulatory bodies are aiming to completely eliminate them from use. It is important for all businesses who enjoy the resiliency, affordability, and reliability of propane forklifts to stand together. We are in partnership with the Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA) in their efforts to keep propane forklifts in use in California. Please join us by joining their coalition and sharing your propane story with the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Find out how to protect your use of propane forklifts: https://protectmypropane.com/forklifts/

Join the coalition: https://protectmypropane.com/coalition/

Sources:

Propane Education and Research Council

Use California Propane

Click here for a printable: Propane Press Summer 2021