Accu-Flex Safety Inc has introduced the Cormack propane safety valve.
Reducing the risk of forklift accidents requires a safe work environment, a safe forklift, comprehensive worker training, and safe work practices. Changing a liquid propane gas (LPG) cylinder can give a forklift operator a big surprise. The seal in the cylinder valve can be worn and fail, causing LPG to spray over the hand and/or face faster than an operator can react. Liquid propane vaporizes quickly (–42° C or –44° F) and will cause extreme frostbite if it touches unprotected skin.
Statistics indicate almost every forklift operator has had negative experiences (getting sprayed with LPG) while changing a cylinder. On standard LPG hoses there is approximately 20"to 28" of potential stored energy (gas) that will leak and spray outward as the coupler is disconnected.
Accu-Flex Safety has the answer. Placing the Cormack propane safety valve on the hose prevents LPG from spraying onto the operator. Installation takes just a few minutes. When the Cormack valve is closed, it shuts off the LPG next to the coupler to prevent it from coming back through the hose in case the cylinder seal fails as there is less than 2-3/4" of stored energy. The foolproof handle design covers the coupler so the operator cannot disconnect it in the open position.
The Cormack valve’s standard LPG coupler will fit all forklift cylinders, and it’s ergonomically designed tough nylon shut-off handle remains highly visible. This valve reduces forklift incidents, increases LPG cylinder exchange safety, fits almost all forklifts, and increases productivity.
For further details on all Accu-Flex Safety products, visit www.accu-flex-safety.com.