Dear valued customers,
We are committed to ensuring the safety and efficiency of your operations, especially when it involves equipment hired from us. It has come to our attention that there are critical safety concerns regarding LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) fuel used in forklift trucks, particularly in relation to cold starting issues.
Recent market changes have led to the introduction of contaminated LPG fuel in the UK. This contamination can cause significant problems in forklift trucks, including the formation of deposits in the fuel system. These deposits can lead to blocked vaporisers and sticking valves, impairing the normal function of your forklift trucks.
More concerning is the risk of fire. Repeated attempts to start forklifts with affected fuel can release unburned LPG, creating a hazardous situation. To ensure your safety and that of your staff, we advise the following:
- Parking and Storage: Always park LPG-fuelled vehicles in well-ventilated areas, away from flammable materials. Avoid parking near drains or inspection pits where LPG might accumulate.
- Starting Procedures:
- Do not continuously crank the engine if it does not start within a few seconds.
- Avoid repeating the normal engine starting process in quick succession.
- Do not use volatile agents to aid starting.
- Avoid applying shock or heat to the fuel system.
- In Case of Non-Starting:
- Secure the truck to prevent further starting attempts.
- Close the shut-off valve on the gas bottle.
- Ensure the area is ventilated.
- Seek Professional Help:
- Contact your truck supplier or us for a check of the LPG system.
- Do not attempt repairs if you are not trained in LPG systems.
- Stay Informed: For more information, please refer to the UK Material Handling Association’s (UKMHA) official guidance and the HSE Safety Bulletin on this topic.
Your safety is our top priority. If you have any LPG forklifts currently hired from us, please follow these guidelines and contact us for any assistance or clarifications.