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How Data Insight Can Help Avoid Warehouse Injuries and Accidents

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Oct 9, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Ideally, data should to tell you exactly what is going wrong and why. Telematic data can serve this purpose, identifying potential risks and preventative action that forklift-1791103_640(1)can be taken to minimize those risks. 

About 20,000 workers are injured in forklift accidents each year, and 25 percent of those accidents happen when a forklift overturns. Balance is a huge factor in lift-truck stability, but so is speed.

A portion of forklift injuries could be avoided if warehouse speed limits were strictly enforced. But, this is challenging for supervisors juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities, unless there is a warning system in place. Telematic software serves as that warning system in two important ways:

  • Telematic Optical Location allows speed limits to be set for each type of forklift in the warehouse. If speed is exceeded, an alarm sounds, and an email is sent to the driver’s supervisor. This infraction is also recorded and becomes part of the driver’s operator report card, a compilation of telematic data about each driver’s performance that is accessed through an easy to read report.
  • Operator Report Cards are a valuable data tool when trying to evaluate driver performance and safety over the course of a shift or an extended period. Managers can quickly address risk by determining which operators break the rules, require more training, or need safety reminders.

Use data to support safety

Safety requires staying one step ahead of potential risks with insight and a leaner approach to the problem. Using the right telematics software provides this insight through:

  • Maintenance Report Cards provide a history for each vehicle, highlighting severe impacts, whether the truck passed its safety checks, and any repairs that were completed or are scheduled.
  • Safety Report Cards provide a history and associated KPIs for each operator, highlighting severe impacts, impact warnings, driving activity, severe speed, and restricted area violations.
  • Detailed Utilization Reports provide a history of utilization, including key information for operators, login duration, travel time, travel miles, and travel with load.
  • Advanced Location data identifies better warehouse traffic patterns, reduces pedestrian injuries, and facilitates more productive work schedules.

Warehouse technology connects all the pieces of your warehouse — drivers, managers, forklifts, pallets, etc. — collecting real-time information that you can use to determine where safety protocol is ignored.

Not that long ago, data was a word that made some warehouse managers cringe. But with the latest telematic software advancements, data is no longer a pile of confusing information that takes hours to digest. In fact, with the latest developments in reporting, you can choose exactly what information you wish to see to improve daily operations — including customized reports that determine how to avoid injuries and accidents in your warehouse.



Topics: forklift operators, telematic data, limit risks, lockout/tagout function, root cause, historical data, value driven strategies, safety improvements

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