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Products to curb forklift fatalities

20-02-2012
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OHS officials throughout the world are pushing strongly to improve safety standards in workplaces using forklifts.

Pedestrian/forklift separation safety campaigns have been launched globally to help prevent staff members and factory visitors being injured or killed by forklifts.

Under new national Workplace Health and Safety legislation, employers must provide a safe working environment for employees.

One Australian company leading the way in forklift safety is Queensland-based Materials Handling.

The company has recently introduced to the Australian marketplace two unique products designed to improve forklift safety in the workplace.

The first is a forklift/pedestrian separation barrier known as A-Safe.

Innovative new A-Safe polymer barriers are set to make conventional steel barriers obsolete.

A yellow and black colour scheme enables pedestrians and drivers to see at a glance where they should and shouldn’t be.

The colours are solid, so repainting is never required. All products are tested and certified to standards and meet the most stringent health and safety guidelines.

Also, they’re fully recyclable, with a much lower carbon footprint than steel.

A-Safe offers a comprehensive line-up of products including traffic and pedestrian barriers, car park barriers, bollards, rack end barriers, handrails and access gates.

As well as the safety barriers, Materials Handling also offers new sensors to help prevent forklift injuries and deaths.

Blind spots, corners and dangerous intersections can cause serious accidents.

Look Out Collision Awareness Sensors offer a versatile line of rack mounted and ceiling suspended safety sensors that will alert pedestrians, forklift operators or other mobile machinery operators that someone or something is approaching.

They are designed to monitor any traffic, alert others and help employees avoid accidents. About 40 per cent of all forklift fatalities are caused by individuals being struck or run over by a forklift.

By warning pedestrians and operators of approaching danger many of these accidents and fatalities can be avoided.

Look Out sensor alert warning systems allow for quick and easy recognition of possible hazardous situations.

By creating awareness to a possible danger, the risk of damage, injury and death is reduced.

Reducing risk should reduce liabilities and exposure to worker’s compensation claims and will increase employee moral as they see the company efforts to provide a safe workplace.

Forklift sensors are fast becoming a standard for warehouse traffic control.

Materials Handling Pty Ltd is an industry leader in providing new, innovative, safe productive and efficient products for the Australian Industrial marketplace.

Materials Handling Pty Ltd
Ph: 1300 65 00 35
www.materialshandling.com.au

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