If your fuel tank is currently standing on three legs, it’s time to upgrade to comply with Government standards.
In 1996, the Department of Labour released standards for the use of tripod tanks. One of these was that no more were to be manufactured or installed. Fast forward to 2018 and a deadline has been put on the use of tripod tanks in their entirety.
Numerous incidents of tripod tanks collapsing meant they were deemed unsafe. They are no longer legally allowed to be sold, reinstalled or reconditioned, instead they . Due to the 1996 standard, any tripod tank still in use is (at a minimum) 22 years old, adding to the danger around these tanks.
As of 1 December 2017, the Fuel Distributors Industry Safety Council (FDISC) took definitive action around the lack of safety with tripod tanks and agreed to the following:
- No new requests to fill tripod tanks will be granted
- Requests to refuel relocated tripod tanks will be declined
Furthermore, as of 1 May 2019, the FDISC commits to cease all refuelling of tripod overhead tanks. This initiative is supported by WorkSafe.
Updating your farm fuel tank
So, what do these standards mean for you if you’re currently storing fuel in tripod tanks?
The short answer is, you need to begin the process of updating your farm fuel tank and you can start by visiting us at Fieldays. We will have a selection of brand new, fully-compliant fuel tanks for you to view at our Mainline site G70.
Tanks in all sizes
They can also be split into volumes of petrol and diesel that suit your intended usage.
Made from 3mm mild steel, our Mainline tanks are pressure tested and sandblasted. A zinc primer is applied to provide superior protection to the raw steel. This is followed by a two-pack epoxy undercoat and top coat. All legs, ladders and stays are hot dip galvanised for a quality finish.
Some assembly is required when the tank arrives on your property. For farm installations (4ha plus) a containment bund will be required if you need to protect a nearby waterway or have a tank capacity greater than 2000L.
Made to standard
Whether we are manufacturing overhead tanks, on-ground tanks, double-skin tanks, or containment bunds, at Mainline we value precision in everything we do. All our stationary tanks are manufactured to AS1692 standards. All Mainline tanks have a current WorkSafe register number and Mainline is a WorkSafe-approved fabricator – register number FAB0018.
To upgrade your tripod tank, come and visit us at Fieldays this 13-16 June – we’ll be at site G70. Or contact us now. We’ll be happy to discuss your tank requirements.