Safety in the warehouse or production environment is the number one priority in intralogistics. With ever-increasing demands on material handling these days, it is essential to have reliable measures in place to protect drivers and employees, as well as the goods being transported, the shelves and any other equipment. Industrial trucks have to work more and more quickly, flexibly and efficiently to meet these growing requirements. These challenges increase the risk of accidents.
Focus on Occupational Safety
Research by the Statistical Office of the European Union demonstrates just how significant the issue of occupational safety is: According to an analysis of work accidents in the EU, almost 18 percent of all major accidents are caused by transportation and storage; more than in manufacturing, where the figure stands at around 14 percent (EUROSTAT 2017). A recent case study from Germany took a closer look at warehouse safety (DGUV 2018). According to this study, an average of over 145 accidents per working day occur in German warehouses, including 50 accidents involving forklift trucks and 29 involving pallet trucks.
“Little” Accidents Also Count
As well as those resulting in personal injury, work accidents also include those which cause property damage to the vehicles involved, or to the goods being transported and the infrastructure. The primary goal is always to protect people’s lives. In practice, however, it is minor property damage that occurs most frequently, which leads to repair costs and disruptions to the work flow. A comprehensive safety concept should therefore also include measures to reduce this financial burden and increase productivity. Just as importantly, drivers have a greater sense of security if they have the support of an assistance system, for example. This allows them to focus better on goods handling and work more productively.
The Vision: 100% Accident-Free
Linde Material Handling has one clear goal, which is to avoid 100 percent of accidents in intralogistics. This is the driving force behind “Vision Zero”—a safety philosophy with the aim of increasing safety in internal transportation and preventing forklift accidents and other incidents when handling goods. With this in mind, Linde is developing technical innovations in our industrial trucks, as well as intelligent assistance systems, comprehensive training programs, and consulting services. The result is integrated solutions which help companies to master the diverse challenges of modern, safe intralogistics.
Workplace safety is non-negotiable! By making clever investments in assistance systems, material flow planning and employee training, companies have the opportunity to minimize risks, save costs and thus secure their success.
Andreas Krinninger, CEO of Linde Material Handling
Safety—The Bigger Picture
Safety in the warehouse and production environment is not just a matter of fitting the truck with the right technical equipment—it is about looking at material flows, internal processes and employee qualifications as a whole. In order to record and optimize all factors which affect safety, Linde offers a structured advisory service, digital fleet management and an extensive training program.
Linde Safety Scan
The Linde Safety Scan enables operators to consistently minimize the safety risks associated with these internal traffic operations. The systematic analysis follows a clearly defined process: The Linde Safety Consultants work with you to define your goals—based on your individual requirements—and to identify potentially hazardous zones and develop specially designed measures and recommended actions. Our Consultants will then assist in the implementation of these measures and the documentation of progress.Find out more
Digital Fleet Management
The digital fleet management solution connect offers numerous functions which improve the safety of the driver and therefore increase safety in the warehouse. Using the personalized access controls, the forklift can be individually configured for a particular operator, for example, depending on the operator’s qualifications and the intended purpose of the truck, the maximum speed can be limited. In turn, when beginning work the operator can verify the condition of their truck using an app. In addition, connect offers functions such as electronic damage monitoring, automated transmission of error codes, and analysis of usage data.Find out more
Education and Training Program
Training your drivers is a sure-fire way to prevent accidents of all kinds. Linde Material Handling offers a comprehensive education and training program for novice drivers and specialists in all types of trucks. The focus is on seminars in which specialists such as driving instructors and safety officers can offer basic and further training in both theory and practice. By offering this program, Linde is supporting its customers to continuously improve warehouse safety and to avoid forklift accidents.Find out more
Safety as Standard
Forklift trucks and warehouse trucks from Linde Material Handling are fitted as standard with numerous features which increase both active and passive safety in the warehouse and thus prevent forklift accidents. This starts with the contour of the truck: The driver or operator’s workplace is outfitted such that the driver’s entire body stays within the contours of the truck, while at the same time allowing the driver to keep an eye on their surrounding environment. With all its trucks, Linde attaches great importance to clear visibility for the operator.
Even at full speed, drivers can rely on the safety features that are fitted as standard in Linde trucks. Many Linde industrial trucks are equipped with several different independent braking systems. Standard features include automatic parking brakes, for example, which prevent the trucks from rolling away unintentionally on ramps or when loading HGVs. In addition, Linde Curve Assist automatically adjusts the speed when cornering.
Reliable Load Handling
A key performance feature of Linde forklift trucks is the safe handling of heavy loads. For example, the tilt cylinders on the electric and IC trucks are attached to the rear of the stable roof and frame structure. The longer lever length makes the mast even more stable and results in less swinging when stacking at high lifting heights. This allows the operator to work more precisely, quickly and—above all—more safely. The design also features slimmer mast profiles, which improves visibility.
Ergonomic working conditions are a central requirement for fatigue-free and therefore safe working. Linde attaches great importance to giving employees the best possible protection from harmful vibrations and jolts. Decoupled drive and steering axles and decoupled operator workstations are effective technology solutions that ensure maximum operating comfort in Linde industrial trucks, thus improving the operator’s concentration.
Innovations for Warehouse Safety
Here at Linde, we are continually working to come up with solutions that make intralogistics even safer and more efficient. The result is a wide range of innovative assistance systems, practical retrofit solutions, and modern networking possibilities. Safety takes priority at all stages of development.
Safe Interaction with the Working Environment—Light and Warning Systems
Interactive Warning Vest
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 drivers 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 maximizing warehouse safety—both indoors and outdoors.
Linde Safety Guard
Wherever industrial trucks are in use, there exists a complex interplay between man and machine. Linde Safety Guard is an innovative assistance system which increases safety for both truck operators and pedestrians in the vicinity of the truck.Find out more
The Linde BlueSpot™ route warning system increases warehouse safety, as the LED spot makes forklifts silently visible.Find out more
VertiLight and LED Stripes
Having the right amount of light at all times is essential to work efficiently with industrial trucks and for warehouse safety. With the Linde VertiLight and Linde LED Stripes, Linde Material Handling offers two innovative lighting concepts.Find out more
Narrow racking aisles, visually restricted intersections, and confusing areas often make it difficult for pedestrians to see a reversing forklift in time. The Linde TruckSpot, an optical warning signal solution, uses a light signal to announce that the truck is approaching.Find out more
Safe Forklift and Load Handling—Driver Assistance Systems
Load Management Advanced
Linde Load Management Advanced makes moving goods with pallet stackers easier and safer. It gives the operator clear visual and acoustic warning signals on a large color display. It even disables the lifting function automatically if the actual load weight exceeds the maximum load capacity.
Linde Safety Pilot
Using the Safety Pilot from Linde Material Handling when driving counterbalance forklift trucks helps to reduce the risk of tipping. A small monitor allows the driver to see important parameters at all times, such as the load weight and the load center distance. If the driving status of the truck becomes critical, warning colors appear on the monitor, and it emits a warning signal.Find out more
Dynamic Mast Control
Linde Material Handling’s Dynamic Mast Control driver assistant system for reach trucks reduces mast oscillations, especially at high lifting heights, which improves efficiency and safety in the warehouse.Find out more
Active Stability Control
Very narrow aisle trucks are used for working at great height. The aisles are narrow and the distances to the rack are calculated very precisely. Because of that, even the slightest unevenness in the warehouse floor can become a problem. Linde Material Handling’s Active Stability Control assistance system for the K truck provides an innovative solution.Find out more
Aisle Safety Assistant
Linde’s aisle safety assistant (ASA) helps to reduce damage to the warehouse environment as the forklift adapts its movement to its surroundings. With the help of the ASA, the very narrow aisle truck navigates using RFID tags embedded in the floor or barcodes that are affixed to the rack columns.Find out more
On the Road to Safe Intralogistics
As the connecting link between all our products and services, Linde Material Handling’s “Vision Zero” philosophy has proven to be extremely successful in the world of intralogistics. The solutions designed with this philosophy in mind are setting new records for safety in internal transportation. The advice and service offerings enable people to create the safest possible working environment for them. The innovative, digital solutions support users to continuously improve their processes.
Linde Safety Solutions—Benefits at a Glance
Keeping a healthy distance
The most important measure to avoid infection with Covid-19 is to keep a safe distance between two people. This distance is not always easy to maintain when working together in production or in the warehouse. The subjective and objective assessment is often different. This task is now taken over by the Secure Distance Vest from Linde Material Handling. The vest measures the distance between employees using ultra-wideband radio waves and warns employees if the space is below the minimum distance.