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It is often mistakenly believed that industrial work is inevitably associated with high accident risks at work. Without ignoring the nature of the work in industrial or manufacturing areas and without knowing the power or qualities of the machinery and the substances that are handled in those spaces, we can safely affirm that risk control is increasingly becoming more sophisticated. Every day we are better prepared to make our work space a safe area, where prevention prevails over the unforeseen.


In this context, today we want to discuss the concept of “Near Miss”.


This idea arises precisely from the observation of the work routine in industrial spaces. Very often, workers “almost” have an accident or “almost” suffer from some type of injury or fatality without the company even being aware of these potentially dangerous incidents. These situations are not recorded, nor are there any actions taken in response or to prevent them from happening again – Just a “very lucky, mate!” or a thanks to the universe for not having to endure a very serious misfortune.

However, it’s our responsibility to act as soon as we see any of these signs.

We must react when “potential accidents” situations start to occur because these “near misses” are, precisely, risk indicators. These “near misses” are warning lights forewarning us about the location of a potential accident.

That’s exactly what “Near Miss” is all about – registering “potentials” and acting swiftly.


Some of our clients are already applying a methodology of work based on the Near Miss scenario, and report very good results, as do other industries that have shown important international advances in this area. Even the US National Occupational Safety Council is working hard on this concept, stating that for every 300 “almost” work-related accidents, 1 ends up in a serious injury.

The same institution defines a “near-miss” as “an unplanned event that did not result in injury or damage but had the potential to cause them.” Therefore, we must encourage all employees to report on the risky situations that may have arisen in the industry, and train our area managers to pay special attention to those aspects. In addition, we must be professionals in recording, monitoring and acting against such events – the benefits we can expect from applying this system to our safety measures will be broad and of pivotal importance for all teams.

Applying the Near Miss system is certainly a way to listen to the risk signals that occur.


We encourage you to do so and we believe – as some of our customers are already confirming – that this method complements perfectly well with the systems already we develop and offer at Claitec: https://claitec.com/en/products/

Narrow aisles are a challenging component of our workspaces. Operations must be agile and efficient in these spaces, and yet, we must never neglect human safety and care. After listening to some of our clients’ most frequent concerns, the team at Claitec has developed a range of solutions – by taking into account the dynamics operator-machinery – that considerably improve safety in these areas and prevent accidents at work.

What issues do our solutions resolve?

1) Detection of machines. Our tools detect whether a machine enters or leaves a narrow aisle. After the detection takes place, we alert drivers of the presence of other machines by means of a traffic light, a pilot light or a projection on the ground, warning them that the aisle is occupied and there’s a risk of collision.

2) Detection of pedestrians. We have also developed products that are not only capable of detecting people in aisles, but also the exact number of people. If more than two operators have entered an aisle, a traffic light, indicator light or projection on the ground will warn of a potential risk until they all leave, preventing machines from entering and potentially colliding with others.

3) Detection of machines and pedestrians. In those common areas where machines and people tend to interact, our solutions are capable of identifying if a person or vehicle has entered a narrow aisle, warning others by means of ground warning projections. Once the aisle is free, the projector stops displaying the alert signals.

Which Claitec solutions are designed to provide safety in aisles?

  • VSG Solution: A virtual safety gate is activated when passage is prohibited in a certain sector or intersection by projecting a red alert line on the ground. The VSG solution can be easily placed at each entrance to alert forklift drivers when other vehicles or operators are moving along the same aisle.
  •  VAS Solution: Our Safety Alert Visualisation warns pedestrians and/or forklifts in risky situations by projecting alert signals on the ground. It is very easy to install, and it is extremely effective in preventing accidents.
  • Traffic lights: A simple and effective tool designed to keep traffic in our workspaces in order. It can be adapted to multiple other safety solutions, and it can be of great help in different areas of any industry – from warehouses or loading docks, to aisles, entrances and exits.

Would you like to find out more about Claitec’s safety systems?
Do you have a specific question or need more information about any of our solutions?
Please, do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help!

India Warehousing and Logistics Show (IWLS) is the region’s largest and the most successful exhibition where the warehousing and logistics community of western and southern India come together to meet, network and establish business partnerships.

Claitec was delighted to be part of this event thanks to Troax India, one of over 50 exhibitors who have attended the show for the first time.

The event, scheduled to take place on 1-2-3 December 2022, offered a gamut of products and live demonstrations, and Troax India had the opportunity to actively participate, demonstrating once again the functionality of Claitec’s safety solutions in front of all the people from around the country who visited its booth and wanted to be informed.

PAS, CAS-G2, LSA and VAS were some of the products they were able to show at their Booth:

  • PAS Pedestrian Alert System is a solution designed to warn forklift drivers when detecting a person at adjustable distances of 1 to 11 meters.
  • CAS-G2 Collision Avoidance System warns forklift drivers as it detects other loading vehicles in proximity and risk zones
  • LSA Low Speed Area places a limit on the speed at which a forklift circulates through different areas of the warehouse.
  • VAS Visual Alert System is an innovative development which warns pedestrians and/or forklifts in situations of risk by projecting signals on the ground.

If you have any doubts about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are always happy to help!

When it comes to safety, pedestrian crossings are one of the more challenging areas in our industries. Traffic tends to be intense and, in some cases, neither operators on foot nor forklift drivers take the necessary precautions, creating risky situations or directly causing minor or major occupational accidents.

To achieve a level of absolute safety in pedestrian crossing, Claitec has developed a new solution that combines two gates and two vehicle barriers with the PSG Pedestrian Safety Gate Solution.

When this new system is in operation the forklift barriers is raised, the pedestrian doors blocked and the pedestrian traffic lights turn red, warning of imminent danger and preventing the crossing.

What if a person wants to cross the pedestrian crossing? They simply need to press a button next to the gate. The system – by means of the two MT50 sensors, each one located a few meters before the pedestrian crossing – will verify that there is no forklift in the proximity, and it will lower the barriers, turning on the red lights at the same time on the barriers.

And once it’s safe for the pedestrians to walk, the system will turn the pedestrian traffic lights green and unlock the pedestrian gates, remaining in this (adjustable) setting for a few seconds until the person has had enough time to cross safely.

After that time, the pedestrian gates will be blocked again, the traffic lights will turn red and the barriers will open, once again enabling forklift traffic through the area. If someone presses the button to cross when there is a forklift nearby, the system will continue as before until it detects the forklift.

Usually, pedestrian crossings without barriers ensure the safe passage of a person by installing manual pushbuttons, offering him or her a risk-free exit route at the crossing. However, with our gated solution, manual pushbuttons are not necessary as our application has a set time to cross, which is precisely designed to prevent people from pressing an emergency button and unlocking the pedestrian doors without having allowed for the important safety step of lowering the barriers.

Would you like to find out more about Claitec’s safety systems? Do you have a specific question or need more information about any of our solutions? Please, do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help!

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