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October 30, 2012 - Designed to minimize risk of traffic-related accidents in warehouses, SpotMe® utilizes infrared direction sensitive sensors to detect approaching traffic. System can be used at junctions to alert forklift drivers and pedestrians of what is approaching around corners. In addition to contributing to overall smooth traffic flow, SpotMe minimizes panic braking to preserve forklifts. Unit can be connected to standalone battery or plugged into mains.

Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc.

1 Park Plaza, Irvine, CA, 92623-7419, USA

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TMHE Releases New Forklift Accident Prevention Warning System, SpotMe

Press release date: October 23, 2012

SpotMe® is the new warning device from Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) for preventing forklift accidents in warehouses.

With the Toyota SAS (System of Active Stability), its OHSAS 18001 certified factories and skilled service technicians, Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) is dedicated to constantly improving standards of health and safety for its staff and customers. Its latest initiative is the Toyota SpotMe®, an innovative solution for reducing the risk of traffic-related accidents in warehouses.

This is accomplished by infra-red technology, which incorporates direction sensitive sensors to detect approaching traffic. Toyota SpotMe® can be used at junctions to alert forklift drivers and pedestrians of what may be approaching around the corner, helping to reduce the risk of collision.

Toyota SpotMe® has been specifically designed for the high protection of the factory workers and the transported merchandise. It contributes to an overall smoother traffic flow. Consequently, the forklift drivers use less panic brakes, which helps reduce energy consumption and better preserve the forklifts during operations. This unique accident prevention system is user-friendly, easy to fix on the walls, with no set-up on fleet required, and needs low maintenance. The warning unit can be either connected to a standalone battery or plugged into the mains.

“Warehouses are fast-moving working environments that call for extra attention from forklift drivers and pedestrians alike, especially in blind spots. SpotMe® uses alternating flashing lights that are much more visible than flashing beacons or other types of warning lights. Today, this device has proven its efficiency, both in increasing the safety level and in driving down costs,” says Hans Larsson, Director, Toyota Material Handling Europe.

SpotMe® is one of the initiatives that TMHE takes to raise risk awareness during the “European Week for Health and Safety at Work” taking place from 22nd to 26th October 2012. This event is supported by the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EU-OSHA) as part of the 2012-2013 campaign “Working Together for Risk Prevention”.

As a committed EU-OSHA official campaign partner, TMHE strives to find the best risk prevention methods that help employees, partners and customers stay “Safer Together”.

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