Pedestrian Alert System: What is the Responsibility on the Operator?
There are pedestrian alert systems in the market that use tags. Some alerting devices have multiple tags on the forklift, on the forklift driver and on the pedestrian. When it flashes and makes a sound at the driver, it’s the forklift driver’s responsibility to react.
There are numerous tags mounted all over the forklift. This clearly indicates that there are blind spots, or areas where the alert system isn’t monitoring. You know that’s exactly the spot where a forklift accident will occur. Also, the tag indicator has to be mounted right by the operator in clear eye view. Therefore, the tag can obstruct the driver’s view and cause the driver to ignore it. Ignore it?
As reported in Time Magazine, the Journal of Neuroscience led by experts at the University College of London, reported that a person can become temporarily deaf or tunnel vision to environmental sounds or visuals when engaged in a task. They call this temporary deafness or blindness ‘in-attentional’.
According to the researchers, a person’s vision and hearing are located in the same area of the brain. As we are human beings, we have limitations to our processing capacity. Hence, the brain cannot do a good job of multi-tasking and is forced to choose between vision and hearing.