The natural gas technology company Energtek Inc. has introduced a three-wheel vehicle with a two-stroke engine that has been converted to run on natural gas. Over the next year, Energtek will convert thousands of similar small vehicles with two-stroke engines for identical conversions as part of the company's commercial project in the Philippines.
The converted vehicle is a Yamaha RS100T motorcycle with a locally produced sidecar. The vehicle is now operating on natural gas utilizing Energtek's absorbed natural gas technology. Two-stroke engines powered by gasoline are cheap, but they release significantly more hazardous emissions than four-stroke engines. Many governments, such as the Philippines, are attempting to limit or ban two-stroke engines powered by gasoline. The conversion to natural gas may solve the problem.
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
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