In logistics you cannot do without a forklift. But did you know how high the risks are for forklift drivers and those around them? If not, consider the following:
In the US, on average, about 1 person dies in a forklift accident every 3 days.
In the UK, 5 workers suffer serious and life-changing injuries every working day after forklift accidents.
From overturned forklifts and falling workers to workers being pinched, crushed or struck by forklifts, there are many accidents and injuries. From dislocations, complex fractures and deglovings to amputations and even death, the risks associated with operating forklifts are great. Most of these accidents occur mainly due to lack of visibility. However, the use of forklift camera systems can significantly reduce such accidents and the associated risks.
If you’re thinking of installing forklift cameras but are faced with a dilemma, here are the top benefits of such systems when it comes to saving forklift operator lives.
- Improved Visibility: When operating heavy equipment such as forklifts, operators often cannot see the loads they are moving. Even the mirrors don’t necessarily warn them of obstacles on their backs. Undoubtedly, hand signals communicated among workers often do not give operators a clear idea. On the contrary, with a forklift camera system installed, operators gain access to high-quality, real-time visual information. Wonder why it matters? Because it helps them make the wisest decision in the shortest amount of time.
- More safety with a view into the blind spot: With an installed forklift camera system, a forklift driver can identify and avoid possible safety problems. For example, blind spots around the forklift are an integral part of the job. With wireless forklift cameras installed, an operator’s view is unobstructed.
- Efficient material handling: Another obvious advantage of such a camera system becomes apparent in warehouse and storage operations. But how can you really use it? In these cases, inventory is often kept high on shelves. The camera mounted at fork height can help operators guide the forklift tines into the pockets of the pallet. It reduces the likelihood of pallets being pushed off the rack due to uneven fork placement.
- Improved Posture: Installing forklift camera systems contributes to better posture of forklift drivers. It saves them having to bend their neck to look up or turn to look out of the forklift to get a proper view of the load. Wondering what the real story is? Pain and fatigue caused by such flexing and twisting often lead to accidents involving forklift operators. By minimizing such pain and fatigue, forklift cameras greatly reduce operator injuries and accidents.
- But that’s not all. The risk operators face when operating forklifts is not limited to their own injury and death. Workers working nearby are also at risk as they can be trapped or crushed by a forklift. Again, wireless forklift camera systems can save lives by minimizing safety hazards and improving driver visibility. But there’s a catch. The camera should be properly installed. Instead of going the DIY route, consider hiring a professional contractor to do the work. After all, this is a crucial step to ensure the safety of operators (and others). Regardless of whether you want to use a wired or wireless forklift camera system, it would surely make the life of forklift drivers much easier and safer.