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Forklift Tips: Optimizing For Safety

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Welcome to Week 2 of the Propane Powered Forklift Series. Like most people operating forklifts to run businesses, you probably haven’t thought about propane safety or waste.

Optimize For Efficiency
Make sure everyone at your site realizes that efficiency and safety at your business are real concerns that affect your business’s bottom line. The following tips will help you optimize forklift efficiency:

  • Make sure forklift operators don’t swap propane cylinders when there is still gas left in the tank. That’s wasting fuel—and money!
  • Limit down time for your forklifts. Operators should understand that if they need a fill soon, they shouldn’t be driving 500 feet from the fill station only to need a refuel. That means precious time is being wasted backtracking 500 feet to get refueled.

Optimize for Safety
Do you know what to look for to make sure your refueling set-up is safe? Leading propane suppliers have comprehensive safety protocols. Here’s what AmeriGas recommends:

As part of your safety check, look for:

  • Out of date tanks
  • Worn out stickers and OSHA stickers on both the cage and tanks
  • If tanks are inside the building, ensure you are in compliance with NFPA58 (National Fire Code)
  • If tanks are outside, make sure tanks are set the proper distance away from flammable substances
  • Learn how to inspect a tank by looking at the last recertification date and worn out “O” rings
  • Ask your propane supplier for a copy of a hazardous material sheet
  • Determine if a regular cylinder delivery service or on-site tank would improve your operational efficiency—and save time.


Contact us for more information about propane forklifts. 

Check back next week when we go over why propane is the best way to power your forklift