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Preventing Workplace Accidents: Enhancing Pedestrian Safety in Busy Warehouses

By Nancy Rowling

clock Aug 29, 2023
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Imagine yourself walking through a busy warehouse. Workers are bustling around, forklifts are whizzing past, and there's barely any space to move. It can be overwhelming, even for the most experienced workers. Forklifts and other industrial vehicles can pose a significant risk to pedestrians due to their size, speed, and limited visibility. Accidents involving forklifts and pedestrians can result in serious injuries or even fatalities and can also cause costly damage to property and equipment.

Protecting Pedestrians: The Hidden Dangers Lurking in Warehouses

Pedestrian safety in the warehouse is of paramount importance as it directly affects the well-being of workers and visitors, as well as the efficiency of operations. Warehouses can be dangerous for pedestrians for several reasons, including:

Heavy machinery: Warehouses often have forklifts, pallet jacks, and other heavy equipment that can pose a risk to pedestrians if not operated safely. Pedestrians may not be visible to operators of such machinery, and collisions can cause serious injuries or even fatalities.

Limited visibility: Warehouses may have limited lighting, and items may be stored high on shelves, which can make it difficult for pedestrians to see hazards or for operators of machinery to see pedestrians.

High traffic: Warehouses can have high foot and vehicle traffic, which can increase the risk of collisions and accidents.

Lack of safety barriers: Warehouses may not have safety barriers or designated pedestrian walkways, which can increase the risk of collisions between pedestrians and vehicles or machinery.

High noise levels: Warehouses can be noisy due to the operation of heavy machinery, which can make it difficult for pedestrians to hear warning signals or to communicate effectively with other workers. Exposure to high noise levels over time can also lead to hearing loss.

TRIO SAFE: The Comprehensive Solution for Forklift-Pedestrian Safety in Warehouses

Trio Mobil offers an innovative solution for improving forklift-pedestrian safety in warehouses. TRIO SAFE System provides 360-degree protection for workers and visitors in warehouses, including blind spots. Here are some of the key features and benefits of the system:

  • Accurate location tracking: The system uses Ultra-WideBand (UWB) technology to detect the proximity of pedestrians equipped with wearable tags, providing reliable and precise tracking of their location.
  • Improved worker safety: By alerting forklift operators to the presence of pedestrians and automatically slowing down the forklift when pedestrians are nearby, the system helps to prevent collisions and enhance overall worker safety.
  • Automatic slow-down: The system features a two-stage speed limitation for forklifts when pedestrians are detected within preconfigured thresholds. This provides that forklifts slow down to a safe speed when pedestrians are nearby, reducing the risk of accidents.
  • Alerts for operators and pedestrians: The system uses audible and visual signals to alert forklift operators of the presence of pedestrians, while the wearable tags worn by pedestrians provide vibration warnings that increase in intensity as the forklift gets closer.
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