Safety should always be the top priority. Though powered industrial trucks play a crucial role in adding efficiencies into material handling workflows, the reality is, manually-driven forklifts are inherently dangerous. In fact, in the U.S. alone, there are an estimated 100,000 forklift accidents with nearly 100 worker fatalities caused by forklifts on an annual basis.
Many manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics facilities attempt to mitigate risks by implementing forklift training, safety protocols, and policies; however, none of these methods are fail-proof.
Companies worldwide are instituting forklift-free environments, seeking alternative solutions—including autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and automated guided vehicles (AGVs)—to move products and materials while also driving safety, efficiency, and profitability initiatives.