An Increase in Inexperienced Forklift Drivers
Manufacturing, distribution centers and warehouses have all had challenging times with an increase in customer demand, overworked employees and very little applicants for vacant jobs. In the October 2021 Forbes magazine article, they cited ARC Advisor Group’s 2018 survey, “when warehouse executives were asked how many applicated they had received per job in 2013, the most common answer was between 6 and 10.” However, by 2018 the numbers went down to 2 and 5 applicants per job. Forbes reported that the Department of Labor suggests that there are multiple jobs for a single applicant.
Now for the Challenge
How to keep the new worker safe. As lift trucks continue to roam free in a facility, the risk of injury and fatalities loom greater than ever. As a result, safety technology has made its way to the top of the ‘must have’ list. However, not all forklift safety technology is the same. There are cameras, lidar sensors, and RFID technology. All decent solutions, but doesn’t solve the problem.
Machine learning technology, the S3 Pedestrian Detection System. To begin, the S3 can identify between a human being and an object. That’s critical when your new driver is trying to work, drive, watch for pedestrians, and watch for objects all at the same time. With so much pressure on the new operator, the driver needs all the help he/she can get so mistakes don’t happen.