Most facilities have some mirrors in place but still have many problem areas that need to be addressed. Properly placed mirrors are highly recommended by OSHA (not mandatory) and insurance companies, for the safety of forklift operators and pedestrians.
Mirror placement surveys are not very complicated given a few basic pieces of information.
1) Convex mirrors are designed to provide a view for a specific angle in a 160-degree range.
2) Mirrored domes are used to provide a view to each direction exposed to the individual pedestrian or forklift operator.
3) Both domes and convex mirrors share the same rule of thumb, one inch of mirror diameter equals one foot of viewing distance. (i.e. 36-inch mirror diameter equals 36 feet of viewing distance)
Beyond safety, there is another important reason to outfit blind spots in a facility: money. Product damaged or lost due to forklift accidents can be staggering, not to mention the lost production time that results from each occurrence. Management understands safety needs, especially when the costs of accidents far outweigh the cost of a standard safety mirror purchase.
Se-Kure Domes and Mirrors is a made-in-America manufacturer of the mirrored safety products used at intersections and blind spots. Contact Domes and Mirrors for information and assistance identifying problem areas and the best mirror placement solutions.