Safety first

Many operators use cylinder gas to power their fork lift trucks, without knowing that – in many cases – it is possible to use LPG tanks mounted permanently on the fork lift truck which re-fuel from an on-site bulk storage tank.

There are many health and safety issues that all fork lift operators must adhere too, but there is one that not many are aware of.

Many operators use cylinder gas to power their fork lift trucks, without knowing that – in many cases – it is possible to use LPG tanks mounted permanently on the fork lift truck which re-fuel from an on-site bulk storage tank.

This is eminently safer than using replacement cylinders, as LPG can be delivered to site by bulk tanker into a storage tank which will then refuel the fork lift – rather like filling a car up with petrol.

The cylinder gas option is time consuming with the possibility of any number of calamities more likely to happen.  Loose cylinders need to be handled many times, manoeuvred off the delivery truck, manhandled into the storage compound, from compound to fork lift, the empty cylinder then returned to the compound from the fork lift and back again onto the delivery truck.

One operator in North Nottinghamshire not only benefited from a safer work environment but also noticed some considerable cost savings, up to £15,000 per year!

With his annual usage of 57 litres, his new LPG 4000 litre tank – complete with pump and filling kit – has transformed a potentially hazardous working environment into a safer, smoother one for him and his colleagues.

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK