Quarry & Mining

Quarry & Mining

Safety in the Quarry & Mining Industry

Keeping workers safe in mining and quarry sites is a challenging yet necessary task. The industries operate in tough environments and large mobile plant can pose a very real danger to site workers if legislation and health and safety procedures are not adhered to.

 

Operator visibility can be limited due to blind spots around the over-sized machines and this is often made worse by the harsh working environment; terrain, weather or low light, for example. 40% of fatal accidents on quarry sites are caused by moving vehicles and 70% of collisions occur at low speed because of poor visibility.

Which Products Do I Need?

Brigade’s safety solutions are suitable for most commercial vehicles and machines.
To help you select, we have created a series of guides featuring the safety products we recommend for the most common applications.

Select below to view the recommended Brigade products for each vehicle.

Problems Within the Quarry & Mining Industry

Incidents and problems in the quarrying & mining industries include:

  • Collisions due to rear, front a side blind spots
  • Collisions due to poor visibility (darkness, fog, dust etc.)
  • Site workers being stuck by vehicles and mobile machines
  • Ear defenders reducing site workers’ ability to clearly hear approaching vehicles
  • Beeping reversing alarms being ignored by site workers

How Brigade Can Help

By investing in Brigade’s safety solutions you can improve worker safety. Benefits include:

  • All-round visibility for safer, more efficient operation
  • Reduced vehicle downtime due to accidents
  • Reduced noise complaints
  • Meet health and safety requirements
  • Peace of mind for management and workers
  • Strengthen companies reputation in the community

Case Study - Sheerness Recycling Fit Radar to Provide Drivers With Clear Warnings

Waste collection company, Sheerness Recycling, has fitted Brigade Electronics’ radar obstacle detection system to provide drivers with clear warnings of people or obstructions in the way of manoeuvring mobile plant.

Huge machinery is continuously in operation at the Sheerness sites, working on harsh terrain with a range of materials including concrete, brick and asphalt. Simon Carter, Sheerness Recycling’s General Manager, explains: ‘There is a two to three metre blind spot around the machine due to the height of the vehicle and the fact that the driver is stationed in a central location. Large vehicles can often be spotted but the smaller vehicles and pedestrians are difficult to see and can sometimes creep up behind you.’

Sheerness Recycling has fit their equipment with Brigade’s Backsense® Radar System. Built and engineered by Brigade, the easily calibrated sensors can detect stationary and moving objects, providing in-cab visual and audible warnings, alerting the operator whose attention cannot be focused on all danger areas.

Simon Carter, General Manager, Sheerness Recycling, concludes…

‘It gives me extra confidence knowing that the radar system is there and that it will alert me if there is an obstacle within a couple of meters of the vehicle.’

Safety Solutions for Quarry & Mining Industry

  • Backeye®360 is an intelligent four-camera system designed to eliminate vehicle blind spots and assist low-speed manoeuvrability by providing the driver with a complete 360° view of their machine in a single image.
  • Camera Monitor Systems can help eliminate vehicle blind spots to prevent collisions. Cameras are available to cover the rear, side and front blind spots as well as internal views and to monitor vehicle-specific functions. Multiple camera images can be viewed on a single in-cab monitor.
  • Radar Obstacle Detection informs the driver of distance between the vehicle and obstacles, whether moving or stationary, by providing a graduated in-cab audible and visual warning. Backsense® radar works effectively in harsh conditions and poor visibility. Programmable system with bespoke detection range up to 30m in length and 10m in width.
  • Warning Alarms are vital audible devices to warn pedestrians and workers that a vehicle is manoeuvring. bbs-tek® alarms are the safest and yet quietest on the market due to their instantly locatable and directional sound. Options include smart alarms, which adjust to the ambient noise level and speaking alarms. bbs-tek® warning alarms are patented to Brigade.
  • Ultrasonic Obstacle Detection 2,3 or 4 sensor systems which inform the driver of distance between the vehicle and any obstacles, whether moving or stationary. Increases safety when low-speed manoeuvring, reversing or in the near-side and front blind spots where pedestrians and cyclists can otherwise go undetected.
  • Mobile Digital Recording By simultaneously recording footage from up to eight vehicle-mounted cameras, a digital recorder can provide irrefutable evidence in the case of an incident. The lockable hard drive can store up to 1164 hours of data which can be easily accessed via a PC or uploaded via the 3G network or dedicated WiFi.

Featured Product

Backsense® Obstacle Detection

Backsense® heavy-duty radar sensor systems are designed to detect people and objects in blind spots, significantly reducing accidents. They detect stationary and moving objects, providing the driver with in-cab visual and audible warnings – alerting the operator whose attention cannot be focused on all danger areas. Backsense® obstacle detection sensors work effectively in harsh environments and in poor visibility including darkness, smoke and fog.

Backsense® radar sensors are available in fixed detection range models and fully programmable models allowing bespoke detection areas and the ability to calibrate-out fixed objects or bodywork.