Warning system alerts forklifts and pedestrians

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A new warning system has been launched which alerts forklift drivers and pedestrians to each other's presence at potential crossing points.

SpotMe, from Toyota Material Handling, uses infrared sensors to detect forklift trucks and pedestrians. The unit can be sited at corners where there is potential for collision – it's simple to install, requiring only a standalone battery or connection to the mains. When the unit detects a potential impact, a light immediately starts to flash a warning. Tony Wallis, Toyota's sales & marketing director, commented: "Warehouses are fast-moving working environments that call for extra attention from forklift drivers and pedestrians alike, especially in blind spots. SpotMe uses alternating flashing lights that are much more visible than flashing beacons or other types of warning lights." SpotMe is being launched as part of Toyota's activities during the European Week for Health and Safety at Work, which runs from 22-26 October. This event is supported by the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EU-OSHA) as part of its 'Working Together for Risk Prevention' campaign.