Chemical manufacturer LANXESS Urethanes UK Ltd. have received a new generation of Pyroban® protected lift trucks for its operation in Baxenden, UK. The company handles large volumes of flammable material and relies on active explosion protection to alert the drivers if flammable material is present.
In Baxenden, LANXESS operates as a COMAH* site as many of the raw materials and finished products are flammable or hazardous. With numerous hazardous areas, the company specifies ATEX** compliant products and follows strict safety procedures. As a global speciality chemical company safety is key for LANXESS and the Group sustains the same high safety standards on a global level.
LANXESS recently renewed four of its 2.5 tonne capacity lift trucks. Two are used by production operators to deliver flammable raw materials in drums or IBCs to the reactors 24 hours per day, while the other two unload and load articulated lorries, as well as containers for export to China, America and elsewhere.
The Toyota Tonero lift trucks feature Pyroban’s system6000™ which incorporates gas detection to continuously monitor the direct environment around each truck.
Global Materials Handling was chosen after providing the best overall product solutions and service package for LANXESS.
Kieron Belshaw, Sales Manager from Haydock-based truck supplier Global Materials Handling Limited explains, “LANXESS wanted trucks with hydrostatic technology so that the operators did not need to brake to slow down – they just need to take their foot off the accelerator. This is an important factor to help prevent damage and improve safety.”
To ensure ongoing compliance and safety, Global Materials Handling Limited ensures its engineers are fully trained by Pyroban and aware of the recent updates to the standard EN1755*** and ATEX. They use recommended service schedules and approved parts and have annual safety audits (Ex-ASA) scheduled with Pyroban engineers.