The Safety Sentry Warning Signal Alarm by Eric Industries Inc., a manufacturer of loading dock and commercial door products, has been selected as a finalist in Plant Engineering magazine’s 2012 Product of the Year contest. The full list of finalists will appear online on Nov. 19 at www.plantengineering.com/POY and in the November issue of Plant Engineering magazine.
The Safety Sentry Warning Signal Alarm alerts anyone nearby of a vehicle backing into the dock position through a siren and strobe light. The 105dB siren and strobe light combination system are in synch with industrial motion sensing technology. The patent-pending design is rated NEMA 4 and constructed with UV-resistant polycarbonate using liquid-tight strain relief connections.
Numerous injuries and deaths occur each year in the loading dock during vehicle backing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found 73 percent of backup accidents would have been prevented if the pedestrian could have heard a warning signal from a backup alarm (NHTSA 2-5). The government does not mandate any backup signal alarm on most motor vehicles including semi-tractor trailer.
Based in Verona, Wis., Erich Industries Inc. offers allied lines loading dock and commercial door products.
Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year award is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Readers vote on new products that help them do their jobs smarter, safer, and more efficiently and productively. Winners will be honored at the annual Product of the Year dinner in March 2013 in Chicago. The product that receives the most votes among all entries will receive the 25th anniversary Grand Award.