Large gas cylinders can be bulky, heavy and awkward to handle. With most accidents and injuries involving gas cylinders happening during handling or transportation, safe practices are essential for moving them in and around the workplace.
Using specialised handling equipment helps reduce the health and safety risks involved with manual handling techniques such as sliding, dragging, unassisted lifting and edge rolling of cylinders. Trolleys, forklifts or other mechanical lifting devices are required to prevent manual handling injuries, cylinder damage and chemical hazards.
For productivity and safety, a gas cylinder grab attachment on a forklift is the best practice to manage risks during loading and unloading.
With over 35 years’ experience, East West Engineering, Australia’s leading materials handling brand, recognises the importance of equipment designed to handle specific tasks.
“Increased legislation of workplace safety and rising costs have contributed to the increased demand for specialised equipment,” says National Sales Manager Todd Darvall.
“Specialised equipment like the HGA01 Gas Cylinder Grab allows the forklift operator to grab, lift and transport gas cylinders of most sizes around the worksite, helping to save time and labour costs while reducing workplace health and safety risks caused by manual handling or use of non-specialised handling equipment.
“The HGA01 Gas Cylinder Grab features a long arm reach for ease in loading and unloading cylinders from a pallet or truck and can pick out a single cylinder without disturbing the others.”
Whether cylinders are manually wheeled on a trolley, or lifted or transported by forklift, crane or vehicle, handling equipment must be designed to secure them in an upright position.
“Load binders securely fasten the cylinders to prevent them from falling over or knocking about during transport in our TGC2/4 Gas Cylinder Trolleys, GB-CM2 Gas Cylinder Cage and SGC80 Gas Cylinder Stillage Cage,” says Darvall.
“Products in our gas cylinder handling range are designed to assist our customer to not only comply with WHS legislation and Australian Standards, but provide a safer working environment.”
East West Engineering
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