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The coexistence of forklifts and pedestrians in our industries is a complex issue and a matter for constant concern given that it can be a highly influential factor in the generation of occupational accidents and safety problems. That is why, in this post, we want to provide some useful advice to have a perfectly functioning transit flow and, consequently, improve the safety in our workspaces.

Forklifts on one side, pedestrians on the other

Una primera medida de suma importancia para mejorar la seguridad laboral y evitar accidentes es establecer zonas diferenciadas para el tránsito de las carretillas y los peatones. En tal sentido, podemos pensar que un espacio de A very important first measure to help improve occupational safety and prevent accidents is to establish clearly differentiated zones for forklift and pedestrian traffic. If you imagine a workspace to be like a city you can then draw lines to separate different spaces. Generally, green lines will indicate the areas where pedestrians circulate, while yellow lines determine the space for forklifts. We can also indicate particularly dangerous places, fast and slow transit spaces, entry and exit points for heavy machinery, or spaces provided for the storage of merchandise, among others.

Marking of special areas

En todo espacio industrial hay ciertas zonas que se utilizan con frecuencia para tareas de mayor intensidad o riesgo, por ejemplo, espacios de recepción o descarga de mercadería. Por lo tanto, para evitar accidentes, podemos contar cIn every industrial space there are certain areas that are frequently used for tasks of greater intensity or risk, such as spaces for receiving or unloading merchandise. Therefore, to avoid accidents, we can delineate areas to be specifically reserved for such activities and ensure that those who work there have the necessary training, as well as the complementary protection measures, such as fencing or safety devices like the PAS System.

Safe crossings

Otra medida de gran aporte es determinar puntos por los cuales los peatones pueden cruzar las vías de tránsito de las carretillas sin exponerse al riesgo. Generar cruces peatonales aporta mucha seguridad y reduce de gran manera los accidentes laborales. Para eso, nos podemos apoyar en diversas herramientas, tales como semáforos, barreras, señalética o sensores para alertar a los conductores.

More information, fewer accidents

Equally important is to establish clear guidelines on the use of forklift and pedestrian traffic routes, the function of crossings and the importance of respecting the safety regulations. We must keep all the members of our teams informed and up-to-date at all times, as well as the people who may visit our workspaces frequently. This will have a direct and very positive impact on improving safety and preventing accidents at work.  

Should you need more information on how to improve your levels of occupational safety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

It’s a common manoeuvre.

Forklifts everywhere circulate in reverse gear in our narrow and complex-to-navigate spaces while carrying large loads, creating potentially risky situations, and causing accidents or threatening occupational safety in our warehouses.  

That’s why in this post we would like to introduce three tools designed to prevent problems when machines are operating in reverse gear.

1- The PAS Pedestrian Alert System, one of our hero tools!

This system has proven to be highly efficient in all kinds of uses to improve industrial safety. It is undoubtedly a key ally in the prevention of accidents when trucks are manoeuvring in reverse gear.
The PAS System warns forklift drivers when it detects a person at adjustable distances from 1 to 6.5 meters. It is capable of differentiating people and objects, and it can even detect workers located behind a wall or a shelf.
It is, therefore, a safe and efficient tool in reverse gear driving situations because drivers will notice a warning when another operator is in their vicinity no matter how focused they are on manoeuvring.

2- The CAS-G2 Anti-Collision System.

A system designed to prevent forklift crashes. The next step up in Claitec’s CAS System evolution, this new state-of-the-art tool warns forklift drivers when it detects other cargo vehicles in nearby areas and in risk situations.

El funcionamiento del CAS-G2 se basa en la detección de otros vehículos también equipados con éste. Las zonas de detección son configurables, con un alcance de hasta 40 metros. De esa forma, aunque la carretilla se encuentre en un Once a forklift is equipped with the CAS-G2 system, it detects other vehicles also equipped with the same device. Detection zones are configurable, with a range of up to 40 meters. This means that even if the forklift is in a blind spot or it is moving behind a shelf or through a space that cannot be perceived, the system will detect its presence, and will notify drivers approaching it, so that they can take the necessary precautions.

3- The VAS Alert Display System.

A new development that warns pedestrians and/or forklift drivers of dangerous situations by projecting signals on the ground. The VAS System helps organise pedestrian and forklift traffic and is very efficient in alerting operators. Someone circulating when a forklift is conducting a reverse manoeuvre will be able to see the warning signs and take the necessary precautions to prevent an otherwise unavoidable accident.

Are you keen to find out more about any of these solutions?

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There is no denying that automatic guided vehicles – also known as AGVs – are extremely useful tools in our industries. However, just as we recognise them for their value and efficiency, it is good to ensure that other operators in the same perimeters are aware of their presence. That is why in today’s post we want to put the focus on a tool that is fast becoming a key ally in the safe inclusion of AGVs and operating manual forklifts in the same environment – the CAS-G2 Truck Anti-Collision System. 

Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy (MLE Oy), – manufacturer of traditional warehouse trucks, automated guided vehicles (Rocla AGV), and electric heavy load forklifts – has been using the CAS-G2 system to warn drivers when other vehicles are detected. The company has achieved excellent results with its own AGVs and with those of one of their own clients who was also seeking to guarantee the safety of AGVs in areas shared with forklifts.

MLE installed the CAS-G2 system in AGVs with the group function, allowing them to ignore or leave those devices that belong to the same group undetected. This means that two AGVs in the same group are able to efficiently carry out their operations coordinated by traffic control even in close vicinity but each one of them will detect vehicles outside of that pre-established category, such as forklifts configured to be located by any CAS-G2 system. So, when an AGV detects a manual forklift in the proximity of the CAS-G2 device, it  does not accelerate, but keeps the current speed and emits lights signals. This gives the forklift driver a visual cue about the nearby AGV. Should the distance decrease further between the two vehicles, the AGV will continue sending the light signals and stop. In this specific case, the customer did not choose to add the function of an audio buzzer on the manual forklift to support the visual signals of the AGV.

The Groups function of the CAS-G2 equipment allows us to create four groups of machines in the same workplace: A, B, C and D. This function helps us differentiate machines that belong to different groups, which, for example, are performing different tasks in the same space, not only gaining efficiency in conducting the task but also preventing work accidents and safety incidents. For instance, when this function is running, the “Type A” device only sees the “Type B” device and vice versa. Meanwhile, if the group function is disabled, the CAS-G2 device detects any CAS-G2 device in the detection area.

The CAS-G2 forklift anti-collision system is an electronic safety development that evolves from Claitec’s CAS system. A state-of-the-art tool designed to warn forklift drivers when it detects other cargo vehicles in nearby areas and considers them at risk.

Do you have any questions about this system?

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The coexistence between forklifts or large machinery and pedestrians is one of the more complex safety issues in the large workspaces where we operate. Our latest solution has been specifically designed to assist in minimising this problem: The Pedestrian Safety Gate (PSG), a safety gate designed to reduce risk situations in this type of environments.

The PSG system has two main functions: to ensure the safe crossing of pedestrians and to deter the access of inappropriately protected persons.

The gates can be easily combined with the TCS Traffic Control system, easily and automatically interacting with Claitec’s devices to prevent pedestrians from crossing in the presence of a forklift, even in low visibility areas.

The PSG system can be supplied with different accessories, such as traffic lights or other indicator lights, sensors and manual emergency buttons.

The access control version can be combined with the AV-30, to allow the passage of pedestrians equipped with a Tag (T-10 or T-10R), which works correctly and has enough battery.

The PSG is a durable and reliable system specially designed for the protection of pedestrians in all types of industries. The design of these safety gates is also optimised to be able to be easily replaced or integrated to previously installed fences. As “telescopic doors” they have a sensory length of 750 to 1000mm. They stand out for their ease of installation and levelling, as well as their ease in changing the opening direction. If necessary, a traffic light can also be installed to complement the role of the gates.

The PSG will be your greatest ally in improving safety in your workspaces and in significantly reducing the chances of vehicles running over pedestrians and the number of accidents at work between forklifts or large machinery and operators, both in warehouses and in loading areas. and discharge, or industries of all kinds, particularly in low visibility workspaces.

Should you need more information on how to improve your levels of occupational safety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The team at Claitec is here to help you.

June – International Environment Month – is coming to an end. At Claitec, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the key role that environmental factors play in our overall business strategy and in the design of all our industrial safety systems.

Caring for the environment, respecting nature, and the development of a sustainable environment must be concerns we all take into account in our workplaces. Technology is a powerful tool which – when applied appropriately – can help us become more efficient and considerably reduce our environmental impact.

All Claitec’s processes are carried out under the ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 quality and environment certifications, reinforcing the importance environmental concerns play in our philosophy, designs, development and commercialization of safety systems for the protection of people, and always seeking to improve our processes and add value to customers.

We are 100% committed to caring for the environment and we cannot conceive a solution if it is not truly responsible towards the environment, and without generating a sustainability plan for that system in relation to its manufacture, its use, and its subsequent disposal. This is how we approach suppliers, clients, and the general public.

In addition, we feel every industry must have its own environmental management and responsibility plan, and as such, we invite you to be as environmentally aware as possible and start taking action!

Should you need more information on how to improve your levels of occupational safety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The team at Claitec is here to help you.

Claitec’s work and day to day efforts centre around a simple mission – to provide solutions that ensure through the application of innovative and intelligent solutions that our customers improve the safety and health in their workspaces, reduce workplace accidents, and generally better their efficiency levels when performing different tasks.

Our ultimate goal is to improve and advance with confidence while listening to the needs of the different actors with whom we come into contact. And in these difficult and uncertain times, being able to see that our solutions are increasingly used and supported by customers fills us with pride and it motivates us to continue working as hard as always.

The results up to date speak for themselves.

We can say with great satisfaction and joy that more than 30,000 people and 7,000 machines or work vehicles have benefited or have been protected by our innovations.

In addition, we have also created protective solutions such as:

  • The PAS system, for the prevention of collisions between people and forklifts.
  • The crossing guard, as innovative system designed to prevent collisions at intersections.
  • The LSA solution for forklift speed control.
  • The VAS system, which warns pedestrians and / or forklifts about potentially hazardous situations by projecting signals on the ground.
  • The TCS solution, which separates pedestrians and vehicles in workspaces.

In addition, our devices are present in more than 30 countries around the world, in sectors as complex as they are varied. Having earned the trust of so many people, of so many companies, in all these years of work, is the best reward to our team’s effort.

In these difficult and uncertain times, these figures are a source of great joy for us and the best motivator to continue working committed to our mission to continue paving a safe, responsible, and confident path.

Should you need more information on how to improve your levels of occupational safety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The team at Claitec is here to help you.

This Wednesday, April 28 marks another World Day for Safety and Health at Work, and at Claitec we could not agree more with the motto that the International Labor Organization (ILO) proposes this year: “anticipate, prepare and respond to crises” as well as with its call to “invest today in resilient occupational health and safety systems”.

According to the organisation itself, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced us all to face unprecedented challenges which have severely impacted our workspaces. Given this current situation we need our workplaces to be resilient and to able to cope with this type of crises, both today and in the future. And we need to be able to learn from these experiences and make the most of them.

In turn, this date is a good opportunity to put a focus on the importance of anticipating problems, preparing for, and strengthening our health and safety systems in our workplaces. We need to understand that investment in health and safety at work brings immediate benefits and it allows us to preserve a firm’s most precious asset – the integrity of each of the members of our teams.

Similarly, we should also talk about the leading role acquired by technological solutions that have helped us respond to new needs and highlight the great contribution technology makes in the construction of safer and healthier spaces – from accident prevention to helping avoid further contagion, for instance.

In this sense, at Claitec we are immensely proud to have contributed with the development of a solution that ensures social distancing – the T-10R SD (Social Distance Sensor). Based on the older T-10R, the T-10R SD incorporates a modification designed to alert operators when the programmed safety distance between people in the same room is breached.

This innovative tool focuses on monitoring proximity, in such a way as to maintain the established physical distance between people, helping us preventing contagions. The technology applied in this device is also used to avoid vehicle collisions in the CAS-G2 tool and can be combined with the PAS system, designed to warn drivers when an operator is detected nearby.

In conclusion, on this World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we call for all of us to continue to be responsible and innovative in our search for workspaces with fewer workplace accidents and fewer daily risks. That is where we place our efforts, and we know that by working together we can achieve great results.

If you have any questions and require our advice, do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help you.

Are you keen to find out more about any of the solutions discussed in this post?

Do you need advice on any of our products?

Do not hesitate to contact us.

On many occasions, the incorporation of technology to our industries is seen as a problem or a challenge, at the very least. Many people and many fields are guided by false misconceptions about the use of technology in different jobs. The notion that technology is here to displace workers and their tasks is one such misconception.

However, it is important to respond to these new situations with calm and information and trying to understand that most of these tools are not designed to displace anyone’s job, but rather, to complement, assist and help people optimise their performance.

  1. Assistance in the event of forgetfulness: We are all humans and inevitably we make mistakes. When we apply technology to our workspaces it assists us in preventing that those moments of distraction end up having serious repercussions at work, causing accidents or losses we can regret. The T-10R Badge tag is a clear example of this. An adaptation of the T-10R tag , this device is also a card holder which allows the operator to carry only one object that includes both the security tag and the personal identification card. Thanks to this technology any possible human errors, oversights, or losses – which are generally the causes of accidents or similar problems – are easily  prevented.

  2. Accident response: We all take our accident prevention role very seriously. However, accidents do happen and in those cases we need to have the tools to respond and continue to preserve the health and safety of our people. That’s why at Claitec we have developed a range of tools that are activated only when the operator has an accident. One of these is the FPS (Fall Protection System). In the event of a worker falling, this device automatically and instantaneously stops the machine from operating, thus preventing even greater risks.

  3. Overall support: Technology is a very intelligent ally to lend us a hand when humans can’t find the solution to very challenging situations. To illustrate this, let us talk about the PAS and LSA devices. Both of these can be easily adapted to work at -30°C, providing safety for workers in these harsh environments and thus preventing nasty accidents.

Are you keen to find out more about any of these solutions?

Do you need advice on any of our products?

Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Unloading a forklift, stacking a container with cargo destined for export, removing all stock from a warehouse…

All these and other similar actions tend to happen at times when visibility conditions are less than ideal or even at night. We know only too well that industry related tasks know no schedules or excuses and, as such, we must always be prepared to deal with them!

That’s why today we’d like to share the many possibilities offered by three of the solutions designed at Claitec. Three solutions that will help perform any tasks in low visibility areas without any risks and without exposing the integrity of our team members.

  1. The PAS System, an extremely useful tool that warns forklift drivers as it detects pedestrians at adjustable distances of 1 to 6.5 meters. All pedestrians need to do is carry electronic tags that alert the driver by sending light signals when a forklift senses them.

  2. The TDS Solution (Truck Docking System) considers the work dynamics of cargo trucks, and it aims at minimizing the operators’ risk of being run over. It comprises detection sensors, a control unit and traffic lights. Its mission is to warn the forklift driver, by means of the traffic light about the presence of operators in the manoeuvring space.

  3. The BS Solution (Blind Spots) is a system designed to improve traffic flow and to avoid accidents involving industrial use vehicles and preventing workers from being ran over. The BS solution for blind spots is particularly useful in loading and unloading areas and manoeuvring areas with poor visibility.

This solution indicates – by using traffic lights or previously installed warning lights – who has preference at industrial space intersections – be it drivers or be it workers on foot. Pedestrians must carry the tags, either in their key rings or with their identification cards, and so do forklifts. Tags will emit light signals when detected by an activator and the traffic light or warning indicator will indicate who has preference, thus avoiding accidents or risky situations.

If you would like to find out more about the systems here discussed or if you’d like to discuss the many ways in which we can help you improve job safety in your company, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Low temperatures are hitting the Northern Hemisphere right now making our work routines in loading docks, large storage spaces or on surfaces highly exposed to the cold more complicated than usual.

But not to worry! In this post we’d like to share some useful tips and tools to help you deal with harshly low temperatures.

First, let’s look at the risks that come with cold weather and how it can affect our work.

Thermal stress, hypothermia and freezing are some of the main problems associated with cold, presenting symptoms such as chills, fatigue, loss of coordination and confusion, respiratory conditions, and others.

So, what kind of measures can we take to prevent these risks?

First of all, it’s important to be very clear about the need to intervene on those factors that affect a person’s thermal balance.

Then, we must apply specific routines that support the operator in this environment. For example: organising and dividing tasks in a way that are less difficult for each operator, taking into account the need for exercise and mobility of all body parts and ingesting food and diets that are appropriate to these temperatures.

We must remember that technological solutions can become a great ally when working in complex circumstances such as low temperatures. For example, we should work with tools designed for work in areas with fog or low speed, or tools that have a special duration and capacity against the cold.

As earlier discussed in an earlier post, the PAS Pedestrian Alert System is one of the most recommended tools in very low temperature scenarios. This tool is extremely useful for protecting people, and it adapts very easily to any work scenario.

We should also highlight the LSA (Low Speed Area) System, designed to reduce the speed of vehicles inside cold rooms, for example, thus achieving much safer environments and greatly loweringthe probability of accidents of work.

Are you keen to find out more about any of these solutions?

Do you need advice on any of our products?

Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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