A lot of forklift operators are choosing to mount additional blue lights on the back of their equipment so that they can provide the same early warning system moving backwards as they do when going forwards. This is particularly effective because, of course, visibility is limited when operating in reverse, and many accidents occur while backing up. Although in a perfect world, operators will turn and look fully in the direction of travel before making any movements, realistically, this doesn’t always happen, or even when it does, it’s possible for the operator to fail to notice certain obstacles. To optimize safety, operators choosing to mount lights both on the front and back of their vehicles should choose one color of light for the front (say, blue) and one for the back (say, red) and be consistent across all equipment. This will allow everyone to easily distinguish which end of the forklift is heading toward them. It is not recommended to mount the lights outside the “running lines”, as they could be easily damaged, smashed, or even knocked off of the forklift during normal operations.
The safety spotlight can be used on many more vehicles than just forklifts. In fact, practically any work equipment can be outfitted with a blue safety spotlight! Rider forklifts, order pickers, pallet jacks, stand up reach trucks, tuggers, tow tractors, golf carts, and many more vehicles can all be outfitted with safety lights if you see a need. They work well on small, quick equipment that moves relatively noiselessly and may otherwise be on the losing end of a collision with a forklift or other large equipment. The lights will make them more noticeable and keep them out of harm’s way- or more accurately, keep harm from coming to them!
A clever new use for safety lights is having them mounted to crane hooks. When pointing down at the ground, the blue light can show where the otherwise hard to see crane hook is, is heading, and who should be getting out of its way before it touches down. You would need a very powerful light for this application, though, as most types of cranes used for these purposes are 20 to 50 feet off of the ground and operating in daylight conditions. Not just any old light will do the job properly.
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