Workplace accidents are no joke. Apart from the obvious danger aspect for anyone involved, they can be highly costly to any company. It makes sense, from any angle to have safety considerations and provisions in place. Apart from the obvious safety considerations, one that is consistently recognized but disregarded is forklift safety. Forklifts are excellent pieces of equipment, and they have their place in many workplaces. Such as factories, construction sites, warehouses and any place that requires any loading or unloading, but in reality they cause serious injuries and deaths on a yearly basis.
Forklifts come in many shapes and sizes, manufactured to deal with all types of loads and by many they are just considered equipment. It is far too easy to forget that forklifts are powerful vehicles which when involved in a collision can cause as much damage as any car. There are many factors that can contribute to forklift accidents. The first and most notably is human error. Improper training or no training at all means that the forklift driver is completely unaware of any aspects of safety or the areas of danger when operating the forklift. Such as, driving at an incorrect speed or having the load in the incorrect position. A unsafe area with obstacles and poor upkeep can make forklift operation dangerous when it is completely unavoidable. Forklift accidents also occur when there are loads being transported over different surfaces, such as ramps.
The fault does not always lie with the vehicle operator. Passer-bys and other workers can cause accidents by not taking due care and attention. A worker walking into the path of a forklift can lead to a collision that even the most experienced driver cannot avoid, not without an onboard sensor or some other piece of safety technology. These systems can seriously decrease forklift accidents, there reducing the risk of serious injury and death.
There are many forklift camera systems available, but many are poorly made and far too basic. What is required to completely minimize hazards is a full camera and forklift sensor system. It isn’t enough to only have a rear camera, as this does not give the operator the full scope of their surroundings, only what is directly behind them. A much better camera set up has a rear camera and a left and right front facing cameras. It is often overestimated as to what the forklift driver can actually see, as there are left and right blind spots, and many times it is difficult to see both fork and tire placement. Tire placement is important as it is very important when loading or unloading on a trailer or up a ramp. Incorrect tire placement can lead to the forklift vehicle to lose balance and either veer of course or tilt completely which can lead to serious injury or even death. Reversing cameras help see who or what is behind you and are very helpful. Rear cameras are much more effective when paired with a great sensor.
SharpEagle’s forklift camera system is second to none and is a prime example of a system that has been designed with safety in mind. The sensor is far from basic and is color coded for a more in-depth warning. The sensor is lit green when there is no obstacle, yellow when you are getting within a fair distance of an obstacle and red when you need to stop. The sensor also emits a sound that gets louder as the safe distance decreases. This sensor works seamlessly with the camera for absolutely stress-free forklift operation. The system from SharpEagle can be tailored to a variety of different models of forklifts and is solar powered which cuts down on matience.