Raising the Bar on Safety
Forklift trucks are used extensively at ERIKS, Netherlands, and with that comes a number of health and safety risks that need to be managed. In 2019, two incidents occurred where forklift mast was in the upright position and hit the floor of a passageway when passing underneath. Fortunately, only property was damaged and no-one was hurt but the potential risk to people was clear.
Once identified, steps were taken to eliminate the risk. Safety Alarm Bars were fitted at all our ERIKS, Netherlands locations. When the bars are hit a loud alarm and flashing lights alert the driver to ensure he has enough warning to stop before reaching the passageway.
Since the alarm bars have been fitted, we are pleased that no further incidents have occurred. However, the bars are the last physical barrier to prevent incidents; the most important prevention measure is to ensure that our forklift truck drivers have excellent training and are consistently made aware of the potential risks they face.