In logistics operations, you just can’t do without forklift trucks. But did you know how high the risks are for forklift operators and those in their vicinity? If not, consider these:
- In the US, on an average, approximately 1 individual is killed every 3 days in a forklift accident.
- In the UK, 5 workers suffer debilitating and life-changing injuries every workday following forklift accidents.
From overturned forklifts and workers falling from them, to workers pinned, crushed, or struck, by forklifts, accidents and injuries are varied. Dislocations, complex fractures, and deglovings to amputations and even death, the associated risks of operating forklift trucks are great. Most of these accidents occur mainly due to lack of proper visibility. But by using forklift camera systems, such accidents and the associated risks can be reduced significantly.
If you’re thinking of installing forklift cameras but are in a dilemma, here are the key benefits of such systems when it comes to saving forklift operators’ lives.
- Improved vision: When operating heavy equipments like forklifts, operators often can’t see the loads they’re moving. Even the mirrors don’t necessarily alert them about obstacles on their rear. Unquestionably, hand signals communicated among workmen often fail to give the operators a clear idea. On the contrary, with a forklift camera system installed, operators get access to real-time, high quality visual information. Wonder why does it matter? Because it helps them make the smartest decision possible at a moment’s notice.
- Improved safety with a view into the blind spots: With a forklift camera system installed, a forklift operator can identify and evade possible safety issues. For instance, blind spots around the forklift are inherent parts of the job. With wireless forklift cameras installed, the vision of an operator doesn’t get obscured.
- Efficient material handling: Another obvious benefit of such a camera system becomes prominent in storage and warehousing operations. But how can you actually use it? In these instances, the inventory is often kept high on racks. The camera mounted at fork level can help the operators guide the forklift prongs into the pallet’s pockets. It lowers the chance of pallets being pushed off racking because of uneven fork placement.
- Improved posture: Installation of forklift camera systems helps in better posture of forklift operators. It eliminates their need of bending their necks in order to look up or twist to look outside of the forklift truck to get a proper view of the load. Wondering what the real story is? Pain and fatigue caused by such bending and twisting often trigger accidents involving forklift operators. By minimizing such pain and fatigue, forklift cameras significantly reduce operators’ injuries and accidents.
- But that’s not all. The risk operators face while operating forklifts isn’t just limited to their own injuries and lives. Even workers working in the vicinity are at risk as they may get stuck or crushed by a forklift. Here again, wireless forklift camera systems can save lives by minimizing safety hazards and improving the operator’s view. But there’s a catch. The camera should be properly installed. Instead of going the DIY way, you should hire a professional service provider for the job. After all, it’s a crucial step in ensuring operators’ (and others’) safety. Whether you plan to use a wired or a wireless forklift camera system, it would surely make the lives of forklift operators much easier and a lot safer.