Product Review: ForkTrack
Filed under: Forklift Reviews
During the busy Christmas period, there is an even bigger risk of accidents within the workplace. As forklifts are a major cause of injury and death within Australia, this week we will look at the forklift safety and fleet management system, ForkTrack.
What is ForkTrack?
Many view ForkTrack as the most comprehensive safety and fleet management product on the market today. It was built to ensure peace of mind that equipment is operated in a safe and efficient manner. ForkTrack has an extensive array of key safety features to assist operators in their day-to-day work in order to keep them safe.
Intelligent Seat/Seatbelt Interlock:
Forklift related deaths commonly result from overturns; seat and seatbelt interlocks ensure operators are wearing their seatbelts at all times and stay safely inside the cabin if the forklift tips.
Digital Weight Indicator:
Overloading of the forklift can cause lack of steering and loss of control. The digital weight indicator provides operators with overload warnings and real time measurement of the load lifted, assisting in keeping the vehicle operating in its safe zone.
Speed and Zone Control:
Speeding makes it hard to stop in the case of unexpected obstructions and pedestrians. Active speed control can be integrated with zone controls to vary speed restrictions across a site.
Overloading can bend and weaken forks, increasing the risk of a forklift tipping over. Lift/tilt lockout provides control of mast movements in situations where a forklift is nearing its rated capacity.
Forklifts must be parked in neutral with the parking brake on. The handbrake interlock ensures the handbrake is always engaged when the operator leaves the vehicle, engaging and shutting down the vehicle.
Why are these features important?
Forklifts are powerful pieces of equipment and must be operated with care. Many behavioural and operational factors lead to forklift accidents, such as:
• Travelling at excessive speed
• Erratic driving
• Inadequate servicing of the forklift
• Malfunction of brakes, steering, clutch etc.
• Riding with the load elevated
• Improper turning, braking or accelerating
• Jumping from an unstable load
• Parking forklift improperly
ForkTrack works to counteract these factors and therefore reduces the risk of injury within the workplace.
In Australia, over 74,000 workplace injuries were caused by forklift accidents between 2000-2007. ForkTrack technology enables the monitoring of operational behaviour in order to reinforce safety within the workplace.
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