EVAHAN Technology has released a new driver access and management system for forklifts. This system allows organisations to ensure forklifts are operated by suitably qualified and authorised personnel.
Between 1985 and 2003, forklifts were responsible for 48 workplace deaths in Victoria alone. Australia wide, 50 workers died between '89 and '92 in forklift related incidents.
It is part of an employer's duty of care to ensure operators have basic competency skills and possess a current competency certificate.
Evahan now provides an easy method for employers to ensure only authorised drives have access to vehicles.
Evahan's system is a small self-contained unit mounted on the dashboard of the forklift. Each driver has a personal key, which must be inserted into the unit to start the forklift. Once inserted, the unit records the driver, and operation times to a permanent record.
There is no need for drivers to complete log books, or use complicated keypad systems. They simply insert their own key, and start work. The keys are unique, and low cost. If a key is lost (or not returned by a departing employee), it is simply deleted from the system, and will no longer work.
The difficulty with many vehicle access systems is adding/deleting drivers. The Evahan system allows this to be performed at a managers desk, then simply transferred to each forklift using a special managers key.
The new driver list is loaded within a few seconds, and without interruption to the forklift's operation. At the same time, the manager's key retrieves the current history from the forklift, making it available on computer for analysis.
The system can be global (all drivers can operate all forks on site), or unit specific. This is especially useful on sites using equipment or accessories that require special certification.
With a full operation summary of all forklifts now residing on a single computer, the task of service scheduling is made easy. The operation hours for each unit are summarised, and the system issues warnings when the next service is due.
The unit is quick and easy to install, causing minimum downtime during installation. In larger sites, the fleet can be transferred over progressively.
The system has minimal overhead, and can be economically installed on sites with only one or two forks, through to industrial complexes with hundred of vehicles.