Flow-Rite Safety Solutions Inc. was founded by a group of businessmen who have been associated with the material handling industry for over 25 years. This collective experience has created a unified vision to develop a family of safety products for the industrial marketplace worldwide. Our mission is to improve safety and productivity in the workplace through enhanced awareness of potential accidents and fatalities. With headquarters located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, and an office in Jackson, WI, USA, Flow-Rite Safety Solutions Inc. places an emphasis on research and development, which has led to the ongoing creation of new safety products. In addition to manufacturing high-quality equipment, Flow-Rite Safety Solutions Inc. is proud of its relationship-based approach to fulfilling customer needs through our Global Distribution Network, including both independent representatives as well as strategic alliances worldwide.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Health and Safety - Workplace Safety
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- $1,000,000 US - $10,000,000 US
This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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The company’s employees are widely recognized authorities and remain active in trade organizations to ensure Flow-Rite Safety Solutions Inc. products continue to reflect evolving industry conditions.
Crossing Guard is a unique collision awareness system to enhance safety in production facilities and warehouses.
- Crossing Guard monitors a definable detection area with adjustable sensors that detect the presence of two motions; even if a person is standing still the Crossing Guard sensors will detect that individual. Once two motions have been detected within the area, alarms will communicate (Audible & Visual) to all parties of a potential collision.
- Crossing Guard uses a combination of sensing technology to alarm employees when material handling equipment enters a work area to place or pick up materials.
With their ability to move heavy pallets and other materials, forklifts have become an indispensable tool in business and industry – from factories to warehouses, to construction sites and supermarkets, forklifts play an essential part in worldwide logistics.
Unfortunately forklifts also create an unsafe environment as collisions’ involving forklifts and people remains a far too frequent occurrence in the workplace. Forklift-related accidents in warehouses kill close to 100 workers each year in the US, and result to serious injury to over 20,000 additional employees. Accidents involving lift trucks and a pedestrian are among the most frequently reported incidents and often involve serious or fatal injuries.
National fatality data from NIOSH indicates that the three most common forklift-related fatalities involve forklift overturns, workers on foot being struck by forklifts and workers falling from forklifts. About one in every five fatalities involves another worker being struck by a forklift.
Accident reports indicate that approximately as many of these accidents occurred while the lift truck was travelling forward (including tail-swing accidents) as in reverse. Most reverse travel accidents occurred within the first 10 ft of travel, whereas most of the forward travel accidents occurred after the first 25 ft. Many of the accidents involved injury to pedestrians who were not only aware of the presence of the lift truck but who were, in fact, working with the operator of the truck that struck them.
Factors that may contribute to these accidents include but not limited to:
- Ambient noise levels
- Ambient light levels
- Number of lift trucks and pedestrians present
- Level of training of lift truck operators
- Level of education of pedestrians concerning lift truck operating characteristics and how to work around them
- Physical workplace layout, including separate travel zones for pedestrians and lift trucks- blind zones
- Presence of audible or visible warning devices on lift trucks and other mobile equipment in the workplace
- Presence of audible or visible warning devices on cranes, conveyors or other stationary industrial equipment
- Lack of specific operating rules for lift truck travel, such as sounding the steering wheel horn at intersections or when changing directions
- Lack of enforcement by management of safe work procedures for lift truck operators and pedestrians
Unlike automobile and pedestrian traffic, there are no universal “rules of the road” governing lift truck/pedestrian interaction. Many of the largest and most sophisticated lift truck users have concluded the most effective way to reduce these accidents is to separate lift truck and pedestrian traffic to the greatest extent possible, using separate travel lanes dedicated to trucks and to pedestrian traffic.
Despite the efforts of forklift manufacturers, other safety products, and OSHA, an unacceptable number of accidents and fatalities still occur each year.