Forklifts are one of the most important pieces of equipment in any warehouse. If a forklift breaks down, it could cost you thousands a day while you wait for repairs. Even more importantly, your forklift operators are put at more risk than many other employees, with 78 reported deaths from forklifts in 2020 in the UK alone. There are many things that impact forklift safety, but one rising technology, vehicle cameras, that has been successful in other sectors are finally making their presence felt.
Forklifts are one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in your warehouse, and they present a variety of risks to your workers. There are many ways to mitigate those risks and doing so is a great way of improving safety, and in turn cutting down on employee absence and the potential for expensive legal costs if there has been any negligence. But how do cameras help?
It’s far better, when talking about safety, to be proactive than reactive. You can’t undo a near miss or accident, but you can learn from it and reduce the chance it will reoccur. With cameras you have a perfect record of any incident or close call, and you can use this footage as a perfect training tool for new starters, as well as refreshing the knowledge base of existing staff. It’s also likely to help inform safe working practices on site which can have a much broader impact on safety culture within your business.
Giving operators complete vision behind them, when reversing, is a simple but powerful tool that can save them from colliding with people, shelving, or palletised goods stored around the warehouse. Cameras help create better training, better operating practices, and a better safety culture and that can cut down on accidents – it’s that simple.
Forklifts are major assets for businesses, not just in terms of cost, but in terms of their impact. Think about it this way, the second one of your forklifts breaks, think how much harder it is, or even in some cases impossible, for warehouse operatives to get their job done. Without a forklift you might not be able to accept deliveries, or even worse, get your goods out the door.
Because cameras can help inform safer practices, you’re likely to have greater forklift uptime as there'll be less incidents. That has a direct cost impact of lower yearly repair bills, but more importantly the indirect costs, which isn’t just to do with the movement of goods, but also of the time to investigate incidents, and the cost of retraining. There really is a great deal of impact that a few small cameras can make.
Cameras are a fantastic investment, and they can make your life as a fleet operator far easier. They can help you keep your property safe and reduce the risk of damage from accidents, while also making your team safer and more comfortable in their working environment. Really, camera systems on forklifts should be a given for any modern workplace.
Want to get your forklifts up to speed? Contact Sentinel Systems today.