Forklift & Pedestrian Safety – Risk Reduction Technology
Technology can play a big part in minimising risk – Here are some of the latest systems that can help keep your employees safe as well as bring welcome efficiencies to your operation.
- Blue Spot Lighting – Now fitted as standard on some premium equipment, including CAT® Lift Trucks’ latest range – Blue Spot Lighting systems are one of the easiest and most effective solutions to introduce to a fleet. These work by simply projecting a blue light, or similar, onto the floor around the area of the truck. This visual indication alerts pedestrians to an approaching machine.
- Proximity Warning and Alert Systems – These systems works by alerting the driver to the proximity of pedestrians. For these to be effective, each pedestrian on site must wear a transmitter tag which will trigger an audible and visual alarm within the cabin if they enter the equipment sensor’s ‘bubble’. This is a predetermined perimeter around the machine of typically between 2 and 10 metres. These systems can also integrate with other safety technology, for example to immediately restrict the speed of the machine should the driver fail to respond to the warning.
- Truck Operation Cameras – Another great way to enhance the equipment operator’s visibility, not only of pedestrians but also of their handling environment. Simple reversing cameras, which function very much like the parking systems on cars, are particularly useful on bigger machines where visibility is limited and impacts can cause significant damage.
- Driver Vision Aids – There are also more sophisticated camera systems which can be mounted to either truck forks or masts. These are specifically designed to provide drivers with a better understanding and control of their material loads as well as the surrounding environment. By enhancing driver confidence not only is safety improved, but these systems can also limit damage to racking and bring addition efficiency benefits by speeding up the handling flow.
- Weight Load Indicators – These Show accurate information of load status via an in-cabin screen. With the help of an alarm this prevents overloading and ensures that loads are always safely mounted.
As well as awareness technologies, there are also a number of equipment safeguards that can be implemented to prevent inappropriate or dangerous use of machines and ensure that drivers adhere to policy.
- Access Controls – restricting operators to specific machinery and, when linked to a fleet management system, can even prevent use by drivers with expired licences.
- Idle Limitation – This useful functionality will switch the truck off if it’s left running for more than a set period of time, bringing with it additional cost reduction benefits too.
- Speed Zoning Systems – While most new trucks have a single speed restriction capability built in, there are now more advanced systems available that allow for machines to have a variety of restrictions applied to them depending on their location within the site. These can be fitted to any machine and automatically restrict speed when entering a specific building or area. Conversely, where indoor machinery moves outside, inefficient indoor speeds restrictions can be lifted.
- Seat Belt Immobilisers – These prevent equipment being used if seat belts are not fastened whilst sequential belt systems go one step further by requiring a specific sequence be undertaken before use. This obliges the driver to firstly sit in the seat, then fasten his or her belt and finally release the park brake. As drivers are notoriously negligent at wearing belts this prevents the common ‘cheat’ of fastening the belt across an empty seat.
Fleet Management Systems
Combining an array of safety capabilities with proactive, real-time reporting, they can provide management with full visibility of driver performance, fleet safety and operational efficiency and can be integrated with other safety systems.
- Pre-Operation Safety Checks – will only allow equipment to be used once a process of thorough checks has been completed
- GPS Location – capable of tracking machines both for compliance and to identify potential efficiency improvements
- Impact Sensors – An invaluable tool for reducing ongoing damage costs, Impact sensors Immediately alert of damage and can also help identify underlying equipment or site issues
- Continual Recording Cameras – logging driver and equipment performance, as well as serving as a powerful training tool.
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