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Safety in the face of speeding forklifts

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article image SpeedShield's clever forklift controls provide extra safety for pedestrians.

FORKLIFT collisions can be lethal but an award winning invention from SpeedShield is shifting the balance in favour of pedestrians.

The Safety In Action and Materials & Manual Handling exhibitor has developed clever devices to reduce the risk of dangerous forklift driving, including speed limiters, acceleration control, seat belt and handbrake interlocks and a pedestrian warning system.

The latest of these, called InVest, can slow a forklift to walking pace and sound the horn up to 20m from a pedestrian. Thought to be unique, it was named Best Risk Solution at the 2003 WorkSafe Awards.

SpeedShield will also demonstrate InControl at the March 21-23 Melbourne show, which accurately and securely limits the top speed and acceleration of forklifts. While making safety a priority, InControl does not compromise productivity - power or acceleration for inching are not affected.

A third element of the SpeedShield system called InZone offers zoning for forklifts using microwave data technology. The forklift receives information from InZone modules placed strategically around the workplace via an aerial plugged into the forklifts InControl module. Each module is programmed with instructions governing everything from mast height to no go areas.

Visit SpeedShield at stand M36 of Safety In Action and Materials & Manual Handling, which runs from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 March 2005 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. For more information or to register online, visit www.safetyinaction.net.au, phone Australian Exhibitions & Conferences on (03) 9654 7773 or email safety@aec.net.au.

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