NearGuard is a new safety alert system that locates both the direction and proximity of objects in and around hazardous operating areas by using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.
“Regrettably, there have been fatalities in the UK whereby the operator has been unaware that individuals were too close to the machines,” says David Cooper, managing director of Cooper SH. “The NearGuard system brings a whole new level to operator safety; one that could prevent fatalities from happening again.”
Every lift truck can now be fitted with four sensors, one in each corner, which will be continually searching for RFID tags. The tags can be fitted to numerous subjects including compulsory clothing (e.g. high visibility garments, hard hats) or placed on- board other mobile equipment operating in close proximity to the lift trucks.