Help Keep the Blue Light in Plain Sight with Rite-Hite®
Clear and effective communication is the cornerstone for safe interactions when pedestrians and material handling equipment share workspaces. Consider your facility's environment and how often pedestrians and forklifts can cross paths. OSHA recently estimated that nearly 80,000 forklift accidents involving a pedestrian occur annually. From the busy loading dock to uncontrolled intersections and blind corners, these accidents can occur wherever pedestrians and heavy machinery co-operate. These potential collisions can be life-threatening to affected pedestrians, as material handling equipment can weigh up to three times more than a standard automobile. That's a scary prospect!
Rite-Hite has always been focused on helping to reduce the potential for these unnecessary and costly accidents. We have long offered leading safety solutions like automatic Dok-Lok® vehicle restraints, Safe Sequence of Operations programming, and an innovative approach to Total Loading Dock Safety. Now we are working harder than ever to help you make every dock a little bit safer—keeping pedestrian and forklift safety at the forefront of that mission by evaluating and implementing various policies and equipment solutions.
At the most basic level, many companies have employed a "Blue Light Policy" in their facilities to help prevent all-too-frequent accidents and near misses. Currently one of the most widespread trends in modern warehouse safety improvements, this policy promotes the mounting of blue spotlights on forklift fleets in order to communicate the equipment's whereabouts. However, this solution falls short during trailer loading and unloading at the dock. Although a forklift may have a mounted blue light, the light largely disappears when the forklift entere a trailer, leaving nearby pedestrians and forklift operators blind to the potential hazard and providing less than 2 seconds of reaction time once noticed.
Rite-Hite's Pedestrian-Vu™ helps to overcome this challenge by continuously detecting any activity inside a trailer and responding by projecting a blue light directly onto the leveler at that dock position. When Pedestrian-Vu is interlocked with a Dok-Lok, the vehicle restraint cannot be disengaged while activity is identified inside of the trailer, and an audible alarm will sound if activity is detected inside of an unsecured trailer.
Blue Light Policies can also be extended to busy intersections and blind corners, which often lack clear and effective communication. The Safe-T-Signal® Warning System improves communication and helps prevent collisions. Using high-visibility yellow "yield" and red "stop" LED lights while concurrently emitting a blue LED light onto the middle of the congested intersection, the ceiling-mounted unit effectively communicates to 2, 3, or 4-way traffic when pedestrians or material handling equipment are approaching the intersection.
Evaluating current policies and procedures, and implementing incremental, strategic safety improvements can help improve communication and increase safety at your facility. Pedestrian-Vu and Safe-T-Signal extend your Blue Light Policy and help visually and audibly warn of potential hazards between pedestrians and forklifts in shared workspaces. All while keeping the Blue Light in plain sight.
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