Work Place Safety
Are fire extinguishers required to be installed on forklifts, tractors, or other non-road vehicles?
There is no direct requirement by Cal OSHA that requires a fire extinguisher on a forklift, tractors, or other non-road vehicles. However, Cal OSHA does state that all ignition sources need to be kept clear of anything that is flammable.
Best practices suggest the following:
IF you are operating your forklift or other non-road vehicle in an area that has fire extinguisher readily available, like a shop or barn, then one is not required on the vehicle.
IF you are operating a tractor or other non-road vehicle in the field and the probability of the vehicle igniting a fire is very low, then one is not required on the vehicle.
IF you are operating a tractor or other non-road vehicle in the field and there is a possibility of a fire to be caused by the vehicle then one should be on the vehicle.
If there is a fire extinguisher on the vehicle it does need to be maintained and inspected just like the other fire extinguishers and the employees need to be trained if we want them to use it.
February 17, 2012