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subin puthenpurackal

Dear All Seniors
Kindly explain how cylinders shifting here and there...And what is the problem during shifting of gas cylinders by a open trailor.If any standard is allowing cylinders shifting by trailor.?

From India, Delhi
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Raghuvaran Chakkaravarthy
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raghuvaran chakkaravarthy

Dear Subin,

Indian standards: please refer the standards transportation guidelines should be available in

  • The Explosives act, Gas Cylinder Rules 1981

Yes its the law in our country:

Please go through the below points may you will able take your own decision whether its the right way to carry cylinders in flatbed truck or not??

What type of vehicle should be used for carriage of gas cylinders?

The vehicle used for carriage must be properly designed, of adequate strength, good construction and properly maintained, thus making it suitable for its purpose.

All cylinders must be secured to prevent movement.

The use of open vehicles is always recommended, but small quantities of cylinders can be carried in closed vehicles if proper precautions are taken.

Closed vehicles regularly used for transport of gas cylinders should be designed to prevent a build-up of hazardous atmosphere (flammable, toxic, oxidising or asphyxiant) in the event of cylinder leakage. This can be achieved by provision of adequate high and low level vents to

encourage a free flow of air through the load compartment. Ideally, cylinders should be carried in a separate load compartment from the driver.

Carriage in a closed vehicle not having a purpose-built, separate ventilated load compartment should be undertaken with the vehicle windows open to provide improved ventilation.

Toxic gas cylinders must not be carried in a closed vehicle unless specifically designed for the purpose.

Gas cylinders should not be left on vehicles longer than is required to make the journey and should be removed as soon as possible once the destination is reached.


1. Wear safety footwear, gloves and eye protection when handling cylinders.

2. Do not remove or deface labels provided by the supplier for the identification of cylinder contents.

3. Do not drop cylinders or throw them into the vehicle.

4. Secure cylinders properly and ensure they do not project beyond the sides or ends of the vehicle.

5. Cylinder valves must be closed whilst in transit and any connected equipment depressurised.

6. When carrying flammable gas (LPG, Hydrogen, Acetylene, etc.) or oxygen in cylinders, do not smoke or expose cylinders to sources of ignition.

7. Protect carbon dioxide cylinders from direct sunlight and all cylinders from heat.

8. LPG cylinders should be carried in the vertical position with valves uppermost.

9. If at any time a cylinder is suspected of leaking, park the vehicle in a safe place and contact the supplier for advice.

10. If you are involved in a road accident, advise the emergency services that cylinders are being carried, and show them any information relating to the products on the vehicle, e.g.Tremcard or Safety Data Sheets.

11. Return empty cylinders to the supplier as soon as possible.

Hope information helps. . .

Keep on touch. . .

From United States, Fpo

There is no problem in shifting the cylinder in an open trailer till--
it is properly loaded/unloaded with mechanised arrangement>
properly wedged with wooden blocks>
no cutting welding job is done nearby.
No leakage from hose pipe or any accessories.
For better safety the cylinder should be on ground floor ,properly chined to avoid falling and away from cutting welding>
moovable trolley may be utilized for shifting the cylinder.

From India, Mumbai

Dear Subin There is no issues when the gas cylinders are appropriately tied / secured. Pls find attached herewith the video clip showing the consequence of unsecured gas cylinder hit by a vehicle.
From India, Bangalore
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Dear Vijay,
Thanks for a great sharing.
I was looking for such type of video since long.
This is very effective for trainings.
I had uploaded a Procedure on Handling Gas Cylinders almost a year ago.
You may refer the same.
However thanks for the clip again.

From India, Nasik

Dear All,
I could locate the thread posted earlier.
Follow the following link.
Good amount of data is uploaded there.
Thanks & Regards,

From India, Nasik

Dear Mr. Sudhir I have uploaded another one video regarding the subject. Hope this is quite useful than the 1st one.
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