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Why Forklift Trucks Need Reversing Cameras

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Posted on 29th Jun, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

Of all the vehicles routinely used in the workplace, forklifts are some of the most inherently dangerous. With a very small margin for error, they pose an equal danger to drivers and pedestrians alike. According to statistics from the UK Health and Safety Executive, they remain one of the most common causes of workplace transport accidents. So why are reversing cameras vital resources to ensuring safety for your employees?

Why Are Forklift Trucks So Dangerous?

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There are a number of factors that contribute towards the frequency and severity of accidents involving forklifts. They are heavy and dense in terms of construction, and usually carrying additional weight.

From a driver’s perspective, forklifts pose a threat because by their very nature they can be very unsteady, especially with particularly heavy loads. Many of the most serious injuries sustained by drivers are as a direct result of the forklift tipping over, oftentimes due to a collision.

Meanwhile, from a pedestrian’s point of view, the driver’s awareness is often severely reduced by default. The design of the forklift itself can be restrictive to visibility, with numerous blindspots around the vehicle, and carrying a load on the forks further impedes this. The environment itself is similarly unhelpful, with narrow aisles, tight corners and shelves stacked higher than the driver’s vision range.

These dangers can be exacerbated by unsafe or ill-advised driving techniques, such as improper reversing or turning, inappropriate braking or accelerating, and general lack of awareness.

How Can Vision Techniques Products Help?

In such confined environments, drivers have fewer opportunities than ever to quickly react to unfolding events in order to prevent an accident, especially given the forklift’s inherent blindspots. Warehouses and construction sites are often high-noise environments too, which doesn’t help. Therefore, the issue driver awareness is a key concern – and at Vision Techniques we stock a range of products designed with exactly that in mind.

You can choose from a range of our reversing camera systems, to help maximise driver awareness of the immediate environment. Our reversing camera systems have an LCD screen mounted on the dashboard in full view of the driver, and one – or even several – reversing cameras fitted around the vehicle.

You can even combine these features with other vehicle safety systems such as mobile CCTV systems, auto-braking mechanisms, and vehicle radar – outlined in more detail on our forklift safety page. (Many of our previous customers have found extra utility in fitting cameras to the forks themselves, too, so that drivers can see ahead of them at all times even when carrying particularly bulky loads.)

By combining these technologies effectively, you can completely eliminate blindspots around your forklifts and prevent accidents, guaranteeing safety for your employees. In unpredictable, inherently unsafe environments like warehouses or workshop floors, it’s a good idea to have every edge you can get!

Our stock isn’t just limited to reversing cameras – we have a wide array of vehicle safety products, which you can browse by clicking here. If you have any questions, just give us a call on our sales line: 08452 873 169, and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

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