The UK’s top door manufacturer, Hörmann, is celebrating another successful product launch after releasing its first UK Wheelblocker – a new piece of safety equipment that locks lorries into the loading bay. The company has received numerous awards and recognition for its commitment to improving warehouse safety over recent years, and it’s now hoped that the new MWB Wheel-Blocking system will go one step further to prevent loading bay accidents.
The Health and Safety Executive estimates that around 15% of all workplace transport injuries happen during the unloading and loading process, and many of these incidents happen when a driver leaves a bay too early. However, Hörmann’s new wheelblocker locks lorries and trailers into place so that they can’t move until the process is complete.
The manually-operated system has a rotating arm lock, fold-out support pedestal and operating lever, which detect the working position of the wheels. An advanced LED sensor signals when vehicle has been secured and the status of the lorry is displayed in the hall along with a key switch that provides an override function for swap containers.
Commenting on the product launch, Hörmann’s UK Sales Director, Alan Jenkins, said: “As loading bay specialists, we understand the hazards that are present during the loading process, and we’re committed to reducing them by creating innovative safety features, such as the Wheelblocker. It’s a vital product for any warehouse and we hope to see a dramatic reduction in loading bay accidents as a result of introducing it to the UK market.”
The MWB Wheel-Blocking system is just one example of how committed Hörmann is to improving safety. Last month, the company was awarded the IMHX 2016 Design4Safety award for its Safety Light Grille, which has been designed to eliminate hazards when passing under spiral and high speed doors. The non-contact safety device, which is incorporated into the door frame, uses light beams to constantly monitor the door opening. If the beams are broken, the door will stop moving to prevent any impact damage.
Speaking after the awards, Hörmann’s UK Marketing Manager, David O’Mara, said: “We are incredibly proud to have been selected as the winners of the Goods in/Goods out category. The award not only recognises our commitment to manufacturing components to the highest quality, but it ensures that safety is at the heart of everything we do.”
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