Health and safety is a priority in the industry, it is the duty and moral responsibility of the employer to provide a safe work environment to their employees. Each and every person who leaves for work every morning should come back to their home in good health. Have you ever imagined a loved one not coming back from home one evening? Or getting a call that they are in the hospital due to an injury at work?
A safe and healthy workplace not only protects workers from injury and illness, it can also lower injury/illness costs, reduce absenteeism and turnover, increase productivity and quality, and raise employee morale. Workplaces with successful safety and health management systems reduce injury and illness costs 20-40%, according to OSHA. For a small business, one injury can mean financial disaster. Costs to a business include:
Almost every company we have been to has at least one dedicated safety team tasked with making sure safety rules are followed, proper signs are placed, and creating awareness of risks at the workplace and how to avoid them. Even with all the effort, accidents still happen. OSHA in 2007, did a study on Forklift Accidents in the US. Out of 855,900 forklifts in the US, 11% of them were involved in accidents. There were 61,800 non-serious accidents, 34,900 serious accidents and 85 fatalities per year. The manufacturing and construction industry made up most of the accidents, totaling 66.3% of all forklift accidents.
Our Forklift Collision Avoidance system consists of a hardware device for all forklifts and other vehicles as well as a wearable for the employee in the field. The system visually and audibly alerts the vehicle driver of nearby pedestrians, hazardous and keep out areas, and ensures they are following safety rules. Pedestrians have a device themselves alerting them visually and haptically of nearby vehicles. The system run in two modes simultaneously, the first mode uses the wireless Asset Tracking infrastructure which allows the system to know where all vehicles, pedestrians and hazardous and keep out areas are located. Early notification is available in this mode. The second mode is a wireless proximity sensor which runs device and does not need an infrastructure. We always recommend to have a wireless infrastructure installed to provide the best protection for your employees and your company also benefits from all the Asset Tracking benefits.