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Safety should always be the top concern when working around and transporting compressed gas cylinders.  Almost all accidents involving compressed gases initially result from not following established protocol for safe handling and transportation of compressed gas cylinders.

When transporting compressed gas cylinders, it is important to remember:


  • ​​Regulators must be removed;
  • Valves must be closed and capped; 
  • Cylinders must be secured to a cart via chains or some other means; 
  • Use platforms or cradles that keep cylinders upright and secured when lifting with mechanical equipment; and 
  • Do not drag or roll cylinders horizontally.

These are just some key things to remember about moving compressed cylinders.  

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