Good Vibrations for Deaf Warehouse Worker
Forklift anti-collision technology lets deaf employee work safely among lift trucks
Safety systems generally give acoustic and optical warnings to alert personnel to the risk of collisions in the warehouse - but if sounds cannot be heard in potentially dangerous situations, other measures need to be put into place. This was the case with shoe wholesaler P+P Schuhvertrieb GmbH, where a deaf employeee works at its central distribution centre in Heinsdorfergrund. By using ELOKON’s RFID based personal safety system ELOshield, the company was able to ensure maximum safety for all operatives in the warehouse.
P&P turned to ELOKON, a leading industrial safety technology company, to figure out how to make the warehouse safe for the deaf worker. As it turned out, there was a simple solution: an off-the-shelf proximity detection system called ELOshield.
ELOshield is a wireless warning system for both lift trucks and pedestrians. Like similar systems, it provides acoustic and visual alerts to lift truck drivers when their vehicles approach pedestrians. But ELOshield also includes pedestrian modules — worn on an armband or in a safety vest pocket — that vibrate as well as flash a visual warning.
In addition, ELOshield has two programmable detection zones. They can be shaped as polygons or circles, with a range of up to 50 feet around each lift truck. And the two zones can trigger different reactions, including slowing the truck down automatically.
Together, these features made ELOshield an ideal solution to allow the deaf worker to function in the workplace. As P&P’s managing director said, “We are delighted that ELOshield’s extra layers of protection have empowered our deaf employee to contribute fully and safely in our warehouse.”
The result: Win-Win-Win-Win, From Productivity to Insurance Benefits.
Enabling the deaf employee to work safely near lift trucks made everyone involved happy. The employee was grateful that her disability did not prevent her from working alongside her colleagues. P&P was thrilled because the worker was happier and more productive. A local vocational training center for the deaf, which supported the project, was glad that its advocacy helped the deaf worker. And a national insurance provider, which helped defray project costs, was gratified by the resulting safer work environment.
About P+P Schuhvertriebs GmbH
P+P Schuhvertrieb GmbH is a medium sized family run company which is based in Heinsdorfergrund in the Vogtland region of Germany. It was established in 1991 by Christian und Yvonne Penciulescu. P+P’s team consists of 170 employees, 18 of whom work in its administrative and warehousing areas. The company has 25 shoe shops in the Federal States of Saxony, Thüringia, Saxony-Anhalt und Lower Saxony. As well as the network of retail outlets P+P Schuhvertriebs GmbH also operates an online shop.