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

The UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA) have updated the information available on their website, including their Safety Alert and advice from the refinery which is a primary supplier of LPG here.

Further advice to assist in maintaining the operation of LPG powered engines fitted to Fork Lift Trucks is available from Liquid Gas UK in Consumer Guidance Note 38, FLT LPG Powered Engine Operations.

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5 April 2024