Pre-start checks for forklifts and cranes

Over the past few years, automation has proved to be an important tool in the management of safety inspections. It enables effective identification of major OHS risks.

Over the past few years, automation has proved to be an important tool in the management of safety inspections. It enables effective identification of major OHS risks.

In the past, many automation solutions offered ‘paper-based’ software, which produced paper work orders to perform safety inspections and checks. Once paper forms were returned to the office, they would be ‘manually’ entered and integrated with the software product. The same concept applied to web-based solutions, which required paper work orders and computers to enter the data back onto the system.

In recent years, the role of vehicle mount computers has gradually increased to day-to-day tools deployed by organisations that want to improve their staff’s productivity, safety and minimise unnecessary administrative tasks.

Many people ask, “can a vehicle-mount computer automate pre-start checks and replace paper work orders?”

Absolutely. Most vehicle mount computers operate on the Pocket PC (Microsoft) operating system, and can easily handle pre-start checks and safety inspections.

Vehicle mount computers should provide information that already exists on paper forms or on the desktop and at the same time improve one’s ability to access and utilise the data.

For example, if a user fills out a pre-start check providing specific information, the vehicle mount computer device should fulfil the same function. A vehicle mount computer user can pick from a list of possible choices and/or write or type in information, according to the organisation’s requirements and preferences. Vehicle mount computers make current, past, and future information accessible and easy to use.

Vehicle mount computer applications specifically designed for pre-start checks and safety inspections should deliver the following functionalities:

* List all information required by operator to perform their tasks, including task list, activities, instructions, etc.

* Provide easy to use navigation and quick access to information.

* Allow operator to enter as much information as needed.

* Enable operator to record recommendations. Vehicle mount computers can include validations that allow or disallow data entry. They can also provide the user with historical information pertaining to previous inspection report. Vehicle mount computer applications should also be designed to minimise the amount of data entry and keystrokes required by incorporating a variety of techniques, starting from pick lists, through check boxes, to look-up lists and automatically generated results and shortcuts.

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