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Propane Council Discusses Forklift Safety Regulations During Forklift Safety Month

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is hosting a new webinar focused on Forklift Safety as part of its Propane Presents Technology Series beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, June 23. June is a time for the industry to focus on forklift safety and with so many material handling professionals relying on propane forklifts, it’s a good time to remember why propane forklifts are beneficial and how to remain safe during operation. Propane-powered forklifts have a wide range of uses and when compared with battery electric forklifts, they reduce costs while improving efficiency and air quality.

“Learn how to your keep company and employees safe by learning about regulations and best practices that improve safety for propane-powered forklifts,” said Eric Kuster, vice president, safety, education, and compliance, PERC. “We will discuss how propane marketers can serve as leaders in their communities to see that important safety practices are followed when handling propane cylinders.”

Jim Rushing from Energy Distribution Partners, Mike Gioffre from American Cylinder Exchange, along with Randy Warner of Cavagna North America will join PERC to discuss the latest in codes, regulations, and operational practices that will keep customers, forklift users and teams safe.

Propane-powered forklifts offer 100 percent, reliable, consistent power during operation. Propane forklifts can typically operate for a full eight-hour shift on one tank fill, whereas electric forklift operators may need to switch out the battery during a shift. Additionally, the purchase price of an electric forklift is 30 percent higher than that of a propane-powered one. Electric forklifts often require the costly installation of battery charging stations, which must be in a designated area of the facility.

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