National Forklift Safety Day Highlights Updated Guidelines for Safe Forklift Operations

The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) observed National Forklift Safety Day with a combined online and offline event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event provided a forum to discuss the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recently updated forklift safety guidelines.

ITA President, Brian Feehan, created National Forklift Safety Day to increase public awareness of lift truck safety and operator training issues.

AmeriGas, a propane retailer and associate member of ITA, understands the critical importance of safe operation when it comes to propane-powered forklifts.

Regarding forklift operators, Dave Jones, a Sales Development Manager at AmeriGas who specializes in motor fuel, emphasizes the advantages of propane as a secure, hygienic, and sustainable alternative fuel source. As safety is a core value at AmeriGas, he highlights the company’s dedication to upholding the strict safety standards set forth by ITA for forklift operations.

AmeriGas has a sizable network of propane experts who can answer questions about forklift safety. They also conduct on-site visits to ensure that their propane-powered equipment is installed correctly and securely for new clients.

The following are updated OSHA guidelines and requirements for forklift safety:

• Avoid refueling trucks powered by LPG in confined spaces where an accumulation of vapors could build up in the event of a leak.
• Keep LPG-powered vehicles away from heat sources, stairwells, exits, and other egress areas.
• Always ensure the service valve is closed when leaving LPG-powered trucks idle for an extended period.
• The replacement of LPG containers should only be done by trained and authorized personnel.
• Follow the proper procedures when handling and storing liquid petroleum gas.

National Forklift Safety Day is essential for highlighting the significance of following OSHA regulations and encouraging safe forklift operating procedures. By putting safety first, businesses like ITA and AmeriGas help to improve workplace safety norms and create a safe working environment for forklift operators.

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