The most dangerous type of forklift impacts are collisions between forklifts and pedestrians. Around one-third of all forklift fatalities are pedestrians who are struck or crushed by a forklift.
The loading docks of warehouses and distribution centers will nearly always be busy with equipment and people in close confines. To ensure safe operations, one strategy is to create a moving pedestrian exclusion zone around each forklift. This means defining a safe radius for every forklift that pedestrians should not enter unless there is a clear mutual acknowledgment (usually with hand signals) by the operator and pedestrian. The exact safe radius will depend on the reach of the forks and the turning radius of the equipment.
To be successful, forklift pedestrian exclusion zones require accountability. Are operators and pedestrians actually following the procedures? How often do violations occur? For violations, are team leads completing the appropriate follow ups and coaching staff?
OneTrack’s Computer Vision technology allows warehouse managers to identify exclusion zone violations. OneTrack detects when a forklift is moving with a pedestrian in close proximity, and sends a video of each incident to managers for review and follow up. With this data and accountability in place, managers can ensure they are providing a safe environment for their workers.
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