If you’re working with forklifts, then you know how safety is of high importance. OSHA, ATEX, and all other safety standards demand the use of proper marking when it comes to forklifts.
And for good reasons…
There is a 90% likelihood of a forklift being involved in a fatal accident! When you include that forklifts cause around 85 deaths, 34,000 major and 61,800 minor injuries yearly, safety should be a top priority!
One of the best points of protection is proper marking and safety blue and red lights, and here at SharpEagle, we have it all. Let’s talk about those safety lights for a moment.
Forklift directional and safety lighting are required in poorly lit and dim areas in outdoor areas at night and in every other situation where it’s needed. Forklift headlights are your most common types of forklift lighting options. They help you alert others in forklift traffic, so it’s essential to have them and keep them in good working condition.
You’d also want to utilize reverse lights on your forklift so you can back up with utmost confidence in the safety of everyone around. Just like with front lights, you’d want to keep them working and in good condition. That’s exactly why SharpEagle’s forklift safety lights are your best bet.
Okay, so what are the most common causes of forklift accidents?
Although forklifts are powerful and noisy machines, electric forklifts are increasingly being used in facilities all around. And these can be pretty silent and can hit an unsuspecting by passer or worker.
There’s also an issue with complacent workers. They often become accustomed to regular signs, and they begin to ignore them at one point or another which can cause them heavy injury. One thing that can make them unaware is if they wear noise protective gear around, and they’re unable to hear the oncoming machine. Other times, they just don’t pay enough attention to their surroundings — either they are distracted by notice boards or screens on their smart devices.
This is where your safety lights come into action!
Both the red and the blue forklift safety lights are here to warn pedestrians around the forklift. They tell them about your oncoming vehicle and the direction it moves in, as the light shines in every direction.
These lights quickly catch the attention and warn pedestrians of an impending collision. That’s why it’s essential to use these lights and prevent injuries and accidents.
Forklift blue safety lights can often be seen attached to the front and the back of your forklift and emit a bright blue light. The blue light is visible about 10 to 20 feet from the forklift and moves along with it letting everyone know where and how fast you’re going.
When you’re driving in reverse, these lights are great to warn pedestrians and other drivers. As it’s often hard to see what’s in front of your blue safety lights are great to warn pedestrians and other workers to get out of the way.
Red forklift lights are often attached to the sides of the vehicle and indicate a safe distance everyone should take. The red line they emit is also known as a halo zone and marks a two to five feet boundary on each side of your forklift. This distance can be adjusted by angling the light according to your space situation. This halo line shouldn’t be crossed at any given point.
Forklifts have the ability of back wheels to turn just like those in the front. This helps the forklift balance the load and red lights are used to protect pedestrians from being hit by the rear end as well!
By installing blue and red safety lights you will keep pedestrians safe, but you’ll also seriously cut down on the number of accidents with other machines handling load in your facility.
Be consistent with your safety measures, as a specific color signals a specific thing, it’s important that you know what they mean before you install them on your machines.
Ensure that your red halo zone is big enough as even a five-foot halo zone is set too small for the rear-end swing of the back of the vehicle. If your workers and pedestrians walk at a too small a distance thinking they’re safe, they can still get hit if your red lights aren’t adjusted properly.
Don’t ever make cutbacks when it comes to safety. Use LED warning lights too to ensure even more visibility around the forklift. You should always ensure your staff is alert and make them look at their surroundings, not only to search for the ground marking of a red light.
Always check if your lights are in order and perform regular maintenance! If you’re searching for the most durable options, search no longer — Sharp Eagle has the most durable and robust solutions right here!