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Improving forklift safety with RFID technology

Every year in the UK, around 1,300 employees are hospitalised due to serious injuries following a forklift incident.¹ In fact, accident figures based on RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) over the last three years show that 43% of incidents involving a forklift truck were impacts with

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Leading equipment testing specialist switches to RFID system

One of Ireland’s leading testing and inspection specialists for lifting equipment has switched to a new RFID system to improve safety and efficiency. Cork based Anderco Lifting is using CoreRFID‘s CheckedOK system for its on-site reports. CheckedOK offers equipment safety testing and inventory reports enabling users to pull all data

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

RFID

Improving forklift safety with RFID technology

Every year in the UK, around 1,300 employees are hospitalised due to serious injuries following a forklift incident.¹ In fact, accident figures based on RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) over the last three years show that 43% of incidents involving a forklift truck were impacts with a third person.2 Of these, around 65% were pedestrians, 20% co-workers and 15% delivery drivers watching or assisting with loading or unloading their vehicle. Whether using a forklift in a warehouse, at a distribution centre, an airport or seaport, the dangers to others are clear. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) stipulates that there must be adequate segregation of forklift trucks and pedestrians within the workplace. But how do you ensure these areas aren’t breached inadvertently? Emily Hardy, a vehicle safety expert and marketing manager at Brigade Electronics UK, says: “Approximately 70% of incidents on sites happen during initial machine start-up and low speed movement because of poor visibility. Warehouses, distribution centres, seaports and airports can all be extremely challenging environments with numerous hazards to navigate. The presence of ground staff and pedestrians makes these areas particularly difficult in terms of ensuring safety is maintained at all times.” Smart technology is helping to address the problem of restricted visibility and blind spots in handling areas. These include the very latest RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, such as Brigade’s ZoneSafe proximity warning system. Designed for use in areas such as warehouses, construction sites, manufacturing sites, waste sites, airports and distribution centres, ZoneSafe uses vehicle-mounted antennas that communicate with detection tags, which can be worn by workers, set up in restricted areas or placed on objects or property. When a tag enters a detection zone, the vehicle operator will automatically receive a visual and audible alert via the in-cab control unit, which will enable them to take the necessary action. Tags worn by workers on foot will also vibrate to warn of an approaching vehicle. Due to the RFID technology, which does not require line-of-sight, tags will be detected regardless of obstructions, blind spots, adverse weather conditions or poor visibility. Each tag can be uniquely identified and linked to individual people. Emily continued: “This technology is ideal for vehicles, like forklift trucks, that frequently operate within close proximity of workers and other machines. It provides fast, reliable and accurate data exchange without any limitation on the number of tags or antennas in operation, making it perfect for large areas like warehouses and distribution centres.” According to RIDDOR, as the number of forklift truck injuries is on the rise, more will need to be done to address the issue of enhancing safety in areas where forklifts are in use. Emily added: “Driver training is obviously key to ensuring safety standards are adhered to. However, vehicle safety technology can add an additional layer of security and peace of mind for operators who are keen to ensure that their workplaces remain hazard free.”

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Leading equipment testing specialist switches to RFID system

One of Ireland’s leading testing and inspection specialists for lifting equipment has switched to a new RFID system to improve safety and efficiency. Cork based Anderco Lifting is using CoreRFID‘s CheckedOK system for its on-site reports. CheckedOK offers equipment safety testing and inventory reports enabling users to pull all data together in one place and send it directly to clients. Its RFID based system can reduce reporting times from a couple of days to a matter of minutes. It can be integrated into users’ IT systems and customised for specific client needs such as adding new equipment categories. Anderco, which is well-established in the Irish utilities, chemicals, construction and petroleum industries, is planning to offer a new training service for its CheckedOK users.  Anderco’s MD Jim Lennon comments: ‘Our previous system could no longer deliver the increased functionality, flexibility and time efficiency clients increasingly want from their reporting systems. CheckedOK enables us to offer clients the service they want as well as improving our processes, especially in terms of booking in regular checks.’  CoreRFID’s technical director Munzi Ali comments: ‘The CheckedOK Solution is widely used to help improve safety management in construction, engineering, manufacturing and chemical industries.   ‘The system enables customers to easily collect and access inspection data using handheld computers, Android and Windows tablet devices or mobile phones and so reduce human error as well as speeding-up the process. ‘Even though its well-established, we’re looking to continually update its capabilities and functions and we recently added a camera to complement data collection.’  CoreRFID’s Irish client base includes long-time users of CheckedOK Walter Watson, which manufactures overhead cranes, Prolift Handling, a supplier and service provider of lifting and material handling equipment and Hoistech, a specialist in manufacturing and testing lifting equipment. https://andercolifting.com www.corerfid.com    About CoreRFID CoreRFID is a specialist developer and supplier of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) using mobile and fixed RFID readers. Its global client base includes GE Power, Astra Zeneca and ICL.   Contact details Rob Baker rob@turquoisepr.co.uk

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