How a New Security Camera Can Transform Forklift Operations

Guest blog by, Allan Watters, Head of Innovation at MHI Member Company, Vector Security Networks

In today’s fast-paced supply chain industry, forklifts play a crucial role in moving heavy materials safely and efficiently. They are an integral tool for many warehouse workers but pose significant security challenges. Accidents involving forklifts can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities, so it’s important to recognize the danger and mitigate potential harm.

Up until now, most forklifts lacked one major piece of security equipment: the security camera. However, there is a new one-of-a-kind forklift security camera with the potential to transform forklift operations. The camera can be installed to most current forklift models and provides many benefits that supply chain leaders should consider.

1. Ensure Forklift Security Compliance

With so many moving parts in the supply chain ecosystem, following proper security procedures is essential for employee, guest, and inventory safety. Forklift drivers are required to follow security compliance protocols to maintain a safe working environment for themselves and others around them.

These protocols include wearing proper safety gear, inspecting the forklift before use, and following necessary operating procedures. Failure to comply with these protocols can have life-changing consequences.

A forklift security camera can ensure forklift operators remain compliant with safety regulations. Supply chain leaders have access to security footage from the forklift, which they can use to monitor and assess a driver’s actions. And if there’s ever a forklift accident, employers can immediately review the footage and determine the cause, removing any ambiguity from the investigation.

In addition, employers can use the footage to identify potential safety hazards or security gaps in operations, then take the necessary steps to prevent an accident before one occurs. By being proactive and addressing safety and security shortcomings, businesses can save themselves money from potential damages in the long run.

2. Reduce Employee Theft

Inventory loss is among the most pressing issue supply chain vendors face. A study indicates that product shrinkage cost retailers nearly $100 billion in 2021 alone. Inventory theft can occur at various points along the supply chain, from theft at manufacturing plants or distribution centers to theft during transportation or even at retail stores.

As globalization increases, supply chain networks will become more complex, providing even more opportunities for theft. The impact of inventory theft can be particularly significant for smaller businesses that may not have the resources to absorb losses. When a theft occurs, companies not only lose the value of the stolen merchandise but also incur additional costs, such as increased insurance premiums, security expenses, and potentially lost sales.

However, a forklift security camera can be an effective deterrent against theft, especially during  forklift operations. The presence of cameras on the forklift can make employees think twice before attempting to steal anything, as they are aware that their actions are being recorded. Furthermore, security cameras can provide concrete evidence of theft if it does occur.

Ultimately, reducing employee theft can put more back into a supply chain business’s pocket each year. A forklift security camera is a long-term investment that provides significant cost savings potential, among other benefits. Not to mention, its ability to attach to most forklifts ensures it can remain part of forklift operations for many years to come.

3. Increase Worker Productivity

There’s only so much time in a day, so supply chain leaders must make every second count. Inefficient operations create backlogs, which can have a devastating impact on a business’s reputation and bottom line. Since most supply chain vendors play one part in a larger network, one backlog can create substantial problems for another partner.

However, managers can use a forklift security camera to review forklift driver’s productivity. Camera footage can identify areas where operators may be wasting time or working inefficiently. For example, managers can monitor how long the operator takes during breaks or how much time they spend idling the forklift. Employers can use this information to identify areas drivers may need additional training.

Managers could also use the camera to incentivize more productive work. By tracking workflows, employers can identify top performers and reward them for their efforts. An incentive-based performance program is an effective way to improve workplace efficiency, as most employees will appreciate the recognition and reward.