Warehouses are busy spaces. Employees on foot and in forklifts work in close proximity to one another moving product and storing items on warehouse shelves.
It's essential that your warehouse has some sort of pedestrian detection system in place to protect your employees against harm.
A good detection system will be able to alert forklift operators and pedestrian employees of each other's presence to prevent collisions. These systems can also provide numerous other benefits that will improve the safety of your warehouse over time.
1. Control Gate and Door Locks Automatically
The potential for a forklift and pedestrian to collide with one another is high at gated locations. Anytime a pedestrian has to lock or unlock a gate or door for a forklift operator, the potential for an accident exists.
A good pedestrian detection system will provide your forklift operators with the ability to automatically lock and unlock gates and doors in danger zones.
Preventing the need for pedestrian assistance ensures that forklift operators can maneuver their equipment without running the risk of colliding with a worker who is on foot in the area nearby.
2. Activate Blind Spot Alerts
Many warehouses have blind spots where it can be difficult for forklift operators to see pedestrians. These blind spots are considered high-risk, so your pedestrian detection system should be proactive in trying to prevent collisions in these areas.
Most detection systems feature an alert system that will be activated anytime a forklift approaches an area containing a blind spot. When pedestrians hear this alert, they know that they need to move out of the blind spot and into a more visible area for their own safety.
A simple blind spot alert feature has the potential to help your pedestrian detection system save lives within your warehouse.
3. Employ Proximity Sensors
A warehouse environment can be quite loud. This makes it difficult for forklift operators and pedestrians to communicate with one another properly. A quality pedestrian detection system will address this obstacle by using proximity sensors.
A proximity sensor is designed to signal the approach of a forklift, no matter where a pedestrian is located within a warehouse.
Proximity sensors work in coordination with blind spot, intersection, and entryway alerts to ensure that a pedestrian within a warehouse always knows where a forklift is located.
Since the proximity alert is attached directly to the pedestrian worker, they will be protected against accidental collision at all times.
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