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Forklift Pedestrian Safety: Traffic Speed & Visibility Solutions - Part 3

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This is Part 3 of this series on Forklift Pedestrain Safety. We now take a look at traffic speed & visiblity solutions. If you haven’t read part 1 & 2 please follow the links below.

Creating speed limits for different areas of your plant is critical for forklift safety. It also allows logistic costs to be estimated and calculated more effectively; ensuring better understanding of traffic movement. In addition to this it is vital to improve visibility throughout the workplace in order to reduce risks and improve workplace safety. 

These solutions can help reduce equipment damage & wear from operator errors. This in turn will reduce maintenance and damage repair costs; such as tyre & tyne wear; overall body damage; hydraulic damage and other basic equipment damage.  We will discuss possible solutions to these areas below.

Speed Management and Control

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  • Speed Limit Signs (Signs as similar as possible to road speed limits once again utilises people conditioning from road rules.)
  • Speedometer (Most forklifts don’t come fitted with a speedometer and therefore it’s difficult for operators to stick to speed limit signs; speedometers can be purchased with alarms that provide warning for select speeds)
  • Electronic speed limiters (Are the most effective way of ensuring speed limits are obeyed; they ensure that drivers operate at correct speeds)


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  • Convex Mirrors (Blind corners are a common problem around car parks, factories and offices; using convex mirrors is a cost effective way of increasing visibility and driver awareness.Check these people out.
  • High Visibility Vest (High Vis Vests should be enforced in all areas that require pedestrians to move close to or around forklifts)
  • High Visibility paint & stickers (Can be used to increase the visibility of forklifts and other moving equipment)
  • Highlight danger areas (Painting areas that are likely to be accident prone; such as blind spots; turns; loading and unloading areas & racking areas.)
  • Factory lighting (Providing adequate lighting is essential to ensure efficient productivity of workers; a dull or dark lighted warehouse can lead to fatigue & accidents. Using automatic light adjustments & skylights can increase visibility when an operator must move from indoors to outdoors regularly.)
  • Automatic warning systems – Radio Transmitter alerts; to pedestrians and other forklifts increase driver awareness and therefore visibility.

This completes our series on forklift traffic management & safety. If you have any questions or comments about warehouse traffic management or pedestrian safety please post a comment below.



1) Forklift Safety – Reducing the Risk; State of Victoria (WORKSAFE)

2) FORKLIFT TRUCKS AND SEVERE INJURIES: PRIORITIES FOR PREVENTION By George Rechnitzer M.Eng.,MIEAust,MUARC Tore J. Larsson IPSO Australia August 1992 Report No. 30

3) A Guidebook of Industrial Traffic Management & Forklift Safety Accident Research Centre Monash University Victoria 3800 Australia Authors: TJ Larsson, T Horberry, T Brennan J Lambert & I Johnston)

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Excellent info!

There are a few different technologies out there as well. Automated gates, forklift mounted warning lights, and motion sensors such as collision awareness or its various competitors are all viable technology in the right situations, and when integrated with both driver and pedestrian training.   

Scott Stone
July 12, 2013 - 8:13 am

Does ADAPTALIFT sell electronic speed limiter for forklifts?  If so, where can possibly inquire about the different specs and prices?

Thank you and more power.         

April 25, 2017 - 7:17 pm

Is 5 KpH speed limit of forklift affects it lifting power during stacking on a 4-meter high rack?               

April 25, 2017 - 7:32 pm

I would imagine that visibility is a big key for driving a forklift. I can’t drive one myself and don’t plan on driving a forklift anytime soon, but safety is huge for anything! I could see someone who is hiring someone to operate a forklift wanting them to be very safe in what they are doing.

Dave Anderson
August 25, 2018 - 8:58 am

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