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The safety of heavy-duty carts has a positive impact on overall productivity and cost. There are no known major accidents caused by tugger train systems. The ergonomic design reduces injuries and musculoskeletal disorders; workers experience less fatigue and fewer injuries. There are fewer absences and lower workers' compensation insurance claims. The Fork Truck Free (FTF) Trend The automation and safety benefits explain the developing trend towards reducing forklift usage and even ultimately going completely fork truck free (FTF). Operational costs for fork trucks define an expensive piece of equipment on the plant floor. Migrating to an automated material flow process means that maintenance, repairs, and fuel costs can curb a significant expense from a company's budget. Additionally, the salary paid to forklift operators who undergo specialized training and certification before authorized to operate fork trucks explains the FTF trend.
The latest OSHA statistics indicate there are more than 100 forklift fatalities and 34,900 serious injuries each year, with 42 percent of the forklift fatalities from the operators being crushed by a tipping vehicle. Automating to a tugger pulling carts saves lives.
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