Forklift Type Spotlight: Explosion-Proof Forklifts

Workplace accidents are a risk in any setting, but especially so in environments in which hazardous and flammable materials are routinely handled. That’s why it’s important to follow all safety protocols stringently, ensure employees are up-to-date on training and use equipment that is well-maintained and inspected. There is also specific machinery designed to protect your employees and the workplace, such as the explosion-proof forklift. In this forklift type spotlight, explosion-proof forklifts will be explored so you can evaluate whether you should add one to your fleet to maximize the safety and success of your business.


Forklift Type Spotlight: Explosion-Proof Forklifts

An explosion-proof forklift is specially designed to automatically shut down if hazardous gases are detected in the air. The equipment is programmed to recognize a wide range of dangerous materials and to respond accordingly to halt operation and alert the operator to the threat.

The lift’s wheels, forks, drive components, and other elements are surface treated to avoid sparking, with some models using flameproof enclosures and sealed devices for added safety. Explosion-proof equipment is also typically outfitted with temperature-regulating mechanisms to prevent overheating.


Where are Explosion-Proof Forklifts Used?

Explosion-proof forklifts are the best fit for environments in which hazardous or potentially explosive gases, dust, or vapors are routinely released into the air. These include industries such as pharmaceuticals, chemical, printing and paper, food production, paint, cosmetics and many more. Because of the risks associated with working in these settings, operators must ensure they are properly trained on using the equipment and that it complies with maintenance and safety standards.

If your warehouse or work environment involves the handling of hazardous materials, it’s a good idea to consider building out your forklift fleet with explosion-proof forklifts. Explore the wide array of used equipment in National Forklift Exchange’s inventory  to protect your business and your employees, all while staying within your budget.


About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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