Refueling LPG Forklifts Safely

Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) is a commonly used fuel for forklifts. It is a safe fuel when handled properly. When handled improperly, it can cause serious injury or death.

Potential Hazards

  • LPG vapor is heavier than air and will seek the lowest lying area. If not adequately dissipated, it will collect in pockets and possibly ignite when exposed to a heat source.
  • LPG is extremely flammable.
  • LPG is extremely cold when exposed to the atmosphere. If your skin is exposed to LPG, you can get frostbite.

Requirements and Recommended Practices:

  • Do not refuel LPG-powered trucks in confined areas where LPG vapors could collect if a leak occurs. 
  • Do not leave LPG-powered trucks near heat sources, stairways, exits, or other egress areas. 
  • When parking LPG-powered trucks for a long period of time, turn the service valve off. 
  • Only trained and authorized personnel should replace LPG containers. 
  • Follow proper procedures for storing and handling liquid petroleum gas. [29 CFR 1910.110]

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