Safety is our highest priority
The SonaSafe® proximity warning system reduces the risk of vehicle, asset and pedestrian collision incidents and other potential accidents in intricate workplace environments like yours.
Forklift warnings, forklift pedestrian safety systems, door proximity warnings, crane and other moving machinery, collision reduction systems – we’re specialists in assessing your workplace, developing traffic and safety management plans and creating area proximity warning solutions to make your company a safer, healthier place to work. Is SonaSafe® right for you?
Human factors in safety
SonaSafe® solutions are designed to help reduce the risk of the human to machine interface. The SonaSafe® proximity warning system deals with the limitations we all recognise when examining how humans interact with and react to machine operation. Human factors in accidents can be psychological, medical or related to physical symptoms such as tiredness, stress or could simply be poor decision making or bad prioritisation.
SonaSafe® deals with these kinds of safety hazards by warning the vehicle operator of a risk, rather than making the personnel outside the vehicle aware. This is achieved by using a loud human voice alert to warn the driver, not the pedestrians involved in a risky situation. The reasoning for this originates in basic psychology – to warn a pedestrian of potential risk can result in unpredictable behaviour, (like a rabbit in the headlights) and only the vehicle operator can change the course of, or stop, the vehicle.
The human brain can only work on one solution at a time, whether it’s an action or a decision. People can achieve many solutions seemingly at the same time because the human brain is very good at switching from one task to the next. If one task becomes a focus, then other tasks may be neglected.
Let’s look at an example involving vehicle safety
What if a forklift driver suddenly notices the load on a forklift is unstable and concentrates on that problem, to the exclusion of everything else? This is exactly where the SonaSafe® proximity warning system is vital. SonaSafe®’s loud human voice alert immediately “forces” the vehicle operator’s attention to switch to the more serious event about to unfold. Events like this are then recorded and available on the SonaSafe® Dashboard, a traffic management tool.
Forklift safety at work
Putting area proximity warnings and collision avoidance systems in place means you get a safer workplace, with less near miss events, collisions and accidents. Plus, simply having the warning system on board encourages a behavioural change.
SonaSafe® proximity warning systems encourage safer behaviour
The SonaSafe® system stores all events and incidents as data. Historical information is useful for identification of individual vehicle operator changes, which may indicate increased stress levels. This knowledge allows Health and Safety managers to use corrective action to help reduce future incidents and accidents.
The use of the SonaSafe® system logically has a significant impact on feedback from an event (consequences) that would otherwise remain unknown. Mostly, people are trained to operate in a safe manner but as time goes on “own” methods evolve and these may eventually lead to unsafe behaviour. Often the vehicle operator and company management are completely unaware of the change until an incident occurs.
Checking the number of events occurring is enough to highlight this important change in behaviour. The mere fact the vehicle operator is aware that all events are “recorded” will encourage behavioural change to trend in line with company policy.
Health and Safety Management
Managing health and safety procedures, regulations, investigations, compliance and training at work is time consuming and costs you money. Would you appreciate a simple, automated system that tracks, reports and collates relevant information about your health and safety as it is in the real working environment? Are you in need of a system that verifies your processes to your health and safety regulator?
A traffic management tool, the SonaSafe® Dashboard is seamlessly integrated with your SonaSafe® proximity warning system to reduce your health and safety compliance burden. As a handy human resources software tool, it collects health and safety statistics in real time, tracking incidents, connecting events to vehicles and employees. SonaSafe® Dashboard helps you verify the health and safety approach you’ve put in place for any potential investigations and identifies opportunities for improvement. Find out more about the SonaSafe® Dashboard.
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