Your Forklift fleet and other powered industrial trucks are the workhorses of material handling operations and managing them effectively has its challenges. Forklift accidents are the second leading cause of fatalities in the private sector (highway vehicles being the first) according to OSHA.† Also, operator labor represents the largest single cost component of material handling operations and a fleet of industrial vehicles is very expensive to acquire and maintain. A forklift vehicle management system can help control these and other safety, productivity and damage issues that are so common in fleets.
The fundamental starting place is vehicle access control, or restricting who can operate your trucks. Since it’s impossible for your industrial vehicle operators to keep dozens of keys in their pockets, inevitably keys are always left in trucks’ ignitions. That means anyone can operate the trucks at any time with little, if any, accountability.