Home truths – Brigade shines a spotlight on safety in the home delivery industry

We live increasingly in an on-demand economy, where products are bought online and delivered rapidly, often within a matter of hours.

While the convenience of internet shopping cannot be doubted, there is a price to pay. A crossed the United States the fleet of delivery vans and multi-stop trucks is growing every year.

Delivery drivers are under increasing pressure to deliver within specified time slots, resulting in heavier road congestion and the risk of accidents as they attempt to fulfil their busy schedules. Negotiating narrow residential streets and reversing into unfamiliar spaces can pose hazards for even the most experienced of drivers. The dangers include:

  • Reversing accidents due to the rear blind spot
  • Nearside blind spots causing cyclist collisions in urban areas
  • Collisions due to maneuvering in tight spaces
  • False insurance claims for damaged vehicles or property

Thankfully, fleet managers recognize the necessity for stringent safety measures to protect not just their drivers, but the vulnerable road users and pedestrians around their vehicles.

Indeed, employers have a duty of care to carry out driver risk assessments and protect their staff. Safer driving courses and safety upgrades on vehicles are two key measures that best-practice employers have implemented as standard.

Brigade Electronics supplies cameras, rear sensors and reversing alarms to many fleets. We’re proud of the fact that every day, our superb safety devices help to prevent collisions while protecting workers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Our reversing alarms use multi-frequency broadband technology, creating a ‘ssh-ssh’ sound which is gentle on the ear and dissipates quickly, meaning the alarm can only be heard in the danger zone. As an alternative to traditional ‘beep beep’ alarms, Brigade’s bbs-tek® White Sound® warning alarms eliminate noise nuisance while still providing the ultimate in safety.

Rear sensors, such as Backscan® ultrasonic obstacle detection are similarly invaluable in the quest for improved road safety, giving an audible and visual warning to the driver in the case of a moving or stationary obstacle around the vehicle. In addition, camera monitor systems and mobile digital recording all have a part to play. For example, in the event of an incident, camera footage can provide incontrovertible evidence, protecting drivers and companies from false accusations and insurance claims.

For further information about Brigade and our products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.