BITA 2016 Design4Safety Awards winners unveiled

BITA 2016 Design4Safety Awards winners unveiled
BITA 2016 Design4Safety Awards winners unveiled

The winners of the prestigious Design4Safety Awards have been announced by BITA at IMHX 2016, recognising innovation across the materials handling industry.

Six categories acknowledged achievement in Automation, Industrial Vehicles, Racking and Storage, Technology, Warehouse Infrastructure and Goods in/Goods out.

The awards, being made for the third time, focus on improving safety standards by highlighting the importance of considering safety issues and practices right from the design stage.

Toyota Material Handling UK landed two awards, triumphing in both the Automation and Technology categories. In the former, its BT Optio OSE250 with remote drive drew praise from the judges for the fact it allowed significant improvements to safety in the workplace for order picker trucks, as well as enhancing efficiency and ease of operation. The company saw off the competition in the technology classification with its smartphone app which allows fleet managers to keep in control wherever they are.

Jungheinrich UK Ltd took the honours in the Industrial Vehicles category, with its pedestrian detection and speed control system lauded for improving safety without compromising productivity. A-Safe (UK) Ltd’s RackEye came up trumps in the Racking and Storage section, with the 24-hour monitoring device allowing companies round-the-clock monitoring of the safety and integrity of racking structures.

In the Warehouse Infrastructure category, it was STOMMPY’s GRB D120 R guardrail that most impressed judges for its ability to prevent vehicle damage to walls, structures and equipment, as well as enhancing pedestrian safety.

And last but by no means least, Hörmann triumphed in the Goods in/Goods out category with its Safety Light Grille which looks to eliminate the potential harm to people when passing under spiral and high speed doors.

BITA Secretary General James Clark said: “Safety is of utmost importance in the materials handling industry and we inaugurated the Design4Safety awards to highlight this focus and remind firms of the need to incorporate it into the engineering of their products and services from the concept stage. The variety of entries is testament to how many companies share our vision of placing safety at the heart of everything we do and the winners can be rightly proud of seeing off some stern competition.”


· Industrial Vehicles:

Pedestrian detection and speed control system – Jungheinrich UK Ltd

· Automation:

BT Optio OSE250 with remote drive – Toyota Material Handling UK

· Goods-in/Goods-out:

Safety Light Grille – Hörmann

· Racking & Storage:

RackEye – A-Safe (UK) Ltd

· Technology:

Toyota I_Site Smartphone app with instant alerts – Toyota Material Handling UK

· Warehouse infrastructure: