The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a safety notice after becoming aware of a number of fires on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) powered forklift trucks and other similar vehicles that have occurred during start-up.
The build-up of deposits in fuel systems, particularly, the vaporiser units of LPG-powered vehicles, has led to a number of fires. Operators should:
- review their safe system of work in relation to the use of all LPG-powered lift trucks and similar vehicles
- provide those operating vehicles with information, instruction and training about the hazards raised in the alert
- park LPG vehicles in well-ventilated areas free from flammable material, particularly when parking overnight or for longer periods
The HSE Safety Notice is available at: https://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/forklift-fires.htm
This is related to a previous Safety Alert on this topic issued by the UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA).
08 June 2023