Forklift safety device

Published:  21 August, 2012

DUBLIN: CRH is using an auto-reverse speed reduction aid on its forklifts to improve safety.†The system, developed in partnership with Linde Material Handling, automatically slows down the truck through the transmission when the truck rear sensors are triggered.

The system produces audible and visual warnings for drivers and pedestrians when a person or object is detected by the reverse sensors. At an agreed point, the speed reduction through the transmission is activated which then slows the truck down from 5kph to 1kph. This dramatically reduces the risk of collisions and serious injury to pedestrians when reversing.

CRH has over 200, 2.5 to 8-tonne counter-balance trucks in its UK operations within Ibstock Brick, Forticrete and Supreme Concrete.

Wayne Sheppard, managing director, CRH Clay Europe says: “The need to develop this technology arose from becoming aware of several fatalities in the Industry caused by mobile plant reversing into pedestrians in factory yards and similar locations.

"We came to the conclusion that it was necessary to do more than try to separate pedestrians and mobile plant particularly as this is simply not possible in all circumstances. I am confident that this new system improves safety in the working environment for the employees in our Ibstock Brick & Forticrete locations. It is our intention to progressively apply this system across all our locations as we renew our mobile plant fleet”

Paul Dillon, national account manager, Linde MH, says: “The beauty of this device is that it not only automatically reduces reverse speed but produces audible warning alarms and also visual alarms- meaning that safety is not compromised in noisier production areas and that it aids driver awareness."

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