Whether you are about to look for your first
forklift purchase or rental, or you have been dealing with forklifts throughout your entire life,
the importance of emissions testing can never be overstated. Carbon monoxide
poisoning is a real threat that can lead to severe consequences and symptoms.
Continue reading if you would like to take a closer look at the importance
of emissions testing for forklifts.
Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Without emissions testing for forklifts, carbon monoxide poisoning would
be a more prevalent issue. Testing is particularly important because
carbon monoxide is tasteless, colorless, and odorless, and thus humans cannot detect its presence. Carbon monoxide poison may
manifest itself as dizziness, hyperventilation, headache, and other symptoms
that resemble those of the flu. When you inhale carbon monoxide, you deprive
your body of oxygen; this can lead to unconsciousness and even death.
Pregnant women who inhale carbon monoxide may also harm their fetuses.
Sources of Carbon Monoxide
It is exceedingly important to test forklifts for their emissions because
gasoline, diesel, and propane forklifts make use of internal combustion
engines. When these internal combustion engines do not fully combust these
fuels, carbon monoxide is emitted. While electric forklifts and those
that are used outdoors are not typically problematic, any forklifts that
are powered by gas, diesel, or propane and used inside can contribute
to carbon monoxide poisoning in employees. Emissions testing can ensure
that any given forklift is safe for use in an indoor environment.
When an employee develops carbon monoxide poisoning on the job, he or she
is typically entitled to worker’s compensation. This means that
employers will have to cover medical costs in addition to losing manpower.
Emissions testing can eliminate the presence of carbon monoxide in the
air and keep employees healthy and productive.
For more information about the importance of emission testing for forklifts,
contact Lonestar Forklift or
visit our website. Lonestar Forklift also specializes in new and used equipment, forklift
and equipment service, rental and parts. We have multiple locations throughout
Texas. Stop in and see us today or visit our website to learn more about
what we can do for you.