The interactive warning vest is the latest addition to Linde Material Handling’s innovative Safety Guard system . It has been designed to alert wearers, in particular forklift operators and pedestrians, to potential dangers ahead of time. The smart technology in the vests warns wearers of potential dangers using light signals, vibrations and acoustic warnings, thereby maximising safety in both inside and outside areas.
The intralogistics sector maintains very high safety standards for workers when it comes to industrial trucks. Warehouses, production halls and outside areas are often loud, hectic and confusing. High shelves, narrow aisles, stacks of goods and crossings with poor visibility mean pedestrians and forklift operators do not have a clear view of their surroundings. The numbers speak for themselves: In Germany there are around 11,500 accidents involving forklift trucks every year, and 44 percent of these result in someone being injured. The ability to see and be seen is therefore essential.
The interactive warning vest from Linde Material Handling improves safety in situations where visibility is poor. This smart piece of clothing alerts the wearer as soon as an industrial truck is nearby by emitting light signals, acoustic warnings and vibrations. The safety benefit is twofold: firstly the vest alerts the wearer to the potential danger, and secondly it increases the visibility of the individual themselves. This makes it a valuable addition to the Safety Guard system.
Linde Safety Guard: always in the safe zone
Linde Safety Guard is an innovative assistance system which increases safety standards for both operators and pedestrians. It also prevents damage to goods and infrastructure by actively monitoring the truck’s surroundings and emitting warnings to prevent collisions. The unit installed in the industrial truck alerts the operator to potential dangers in the immediate vicinity using acoustic warnings and flashing LEDs. The LED display also indicates which direction the pedestrian is approaching from. At the same time, the pedestrian also receives an alert, either via the wearable Safety Guard unit or the new interactive warning vest, both of which communicate directly with the unit in the truck. Both devices use acoustic warnings, flashing lights and vibrations to warn the wearer of the approaching truck and increase awareness of the situation for everyone involved.
Safe and comfortable
The interactive warning vest is available in six different sizes. The good fit means that it doesn’t get caught on equipment, shelving, or other items during operations. The cut also means that the wearer is able to move freely. The warning device is located on the shoulder, where the wearer will most easily feel the vibration alert. This position also means that the acoustic warning is emitted right next to the ear. The warning signal and vibration settings can be adapted depending on the working environment.
User-friendly and long-lasting
The interactive warning vest is easy to use and intuitive. An audible ‘start-up’ signal confirms that the warning vest is activated. If the battery is flat or has been removed, an audible ‘power down’ signal will be heard. A status LED shows the wearer the operating status of the signal transmitter at all times, and a battery display indicates the current charge level. If the vest is removed and put down, the speed sensor automatically turns the vest off.