AI’s Impact on Forklift Safety
Artificial Intelligence, AI, is making its way into the safety industry. In the past 6 months, Safety and Health magazine wrote two articles on the topic, one in December, and the other in June, both articles focusing on how the AI technology can potentially mitigate risk. AI technology will continue to make its way into various areas of the industrial facility, but let’s not forget that there are areas where AI has already made an impact on safety. Forklift safety.
Forklift Safety and Technology
The reason AI technology continues to grow in popularity is the slow to success the industry has had on forklift safety. From the rudimentary flashing blue lights and honking horns, these techniques have been helpful, but have not stopped impacts, injuries and fatalities from occurring. Technology began to make its way with the use of RFID tags. Great idea for its time, mitigates some of the risk, but too many factors involved can skew the results. Here’s a simple example: a pedestrian needs to enter the manufacturing facility in order to complete a task. Since they will only be in the facility for a few minutes, the pedestrian decides not to wear the badge, regardless of the rules mandated by the company. Degrees of risk continues to exist even with RFID technology.
How Can AI Help Forklift Safety?