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Empty drum handling means respecting a different set of physics than the kind for hauling full loads, which is one of the reasons most manufacturers recommend using a drum truck to transport your "empties". A four-wheel drum truck is perfect for individual transport of empty drums, but there are special considerations for drums that once held flammable materials. Flammable residues from kerosene, paint, lubricants, and other materials can give off fumes, raising the danger factor when it comes to sparks and other sources of ignition. Your company should invest in drum trucks made with spark resistant parts (Monel is one type of spark-resistant material used in some trucks) to reduce any potential fire hazard.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|