Refuse & Waste

Refuse & Waste

Refuse and Waste Vehicle Safety

Waste and recycling is one of the most perilous industries to be employed in. Injury and fatality rates are on average four times higher than any other industry and 60% of workplace accidents involve vehicles so this is why refuse waste vehicle safety solutions are necessary.


The size of refuse vehicles combined with substantial blind spots means that they are potentially very hazardous machines. Put these vehicles in a tight residential street with limited room to maneuver and there is little wonder accident statistics in the industry are so high.

Which Refuse and Waste Vehicle Safety 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.

Refuse and Waste Vehicle Safety Problems

Refuse and waste vehicle safety incidents and problems can include:

  • Complaints about noisy reversing alarms
  • Damage to parked vehicles
  • Collisions with people and objects
  • Reversing accidents due to the rear blind spot
  • People falling or being dragged into the hopper
  • False accusations of damage to vehicles or property

How Brigade Can Help With Refuse and Waste Vehicle Safety

Benefits include:

  • All-round visibility for safer, faster operation
  • Fewer noise complaints
  • Reduced accidents and fatalities
  • Reduced insurance premiums
  • False claim prevention
  • Reduced vehicle downtime
  • Peace of mind for management and workers
  • Strengthened reputation in the community

Case Study - EIS Waste. We Don't Know How we Worked Before Fitting Brigade

Based in Aberdeen, EIS Waste Services provide a collection, treatment, recycling and waste disposal service to the North East of Scotland.

Originally Brigade’s Backeye®360, supplied by Dingbro Ltd and fitted by Taylor’s Auto Electrical, were fitted solely to improve safety and reduce vehicle damage. Backeye®360 is an intelligent camera monitor system designed to assist low speed maneuverability by providing the driver with a realtime surround view of the vehicle in a single image.

The company then decided to fit mobile digital recording. The Backeye®360 cameras are connected to Brigade’s MDR-304A digital recording system enabling EIS waste to review footage in the event of incidents.

Raymond Henderson, EIS Waste’s Transport Manager describes how Brigade’s systems have helped:

“In one incident our driver was on a dual carriageway and the lorry driver in front was driving erratically, speeding up and slowing down continuously. Our driver decided to overtake the vehicle to avoid it. He pulled into the outside lane to overtake and as he did the third party driver left their lane and bounced into our vehicle, ripping the side of their lorry. The third party driver blamed our driver. I sent a copy of the MDR footage to their transport manager who withdrew the claim.”

Safety Solutions for Refuse & Waste Industry

  • Backeye®360 is an intelligent four-camera system designed to eliminate vehicle blind spots and assist low-speed maneuverability 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/99ft in length and 10m/33ft in width.
  • Warning Alarms are vital audible devices to warn pedestrians and workers that a vehicle is maneuvering. 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 maneuvering, 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

Mobile Digital Recorder

Vehicle CCTV combined with the benefits of the camera monitor system, which helps eliminate driver blind spots and prevent costly vehicle damage, the rewards are even more far reaching.

Brigade’s MDR range includes four-channel mobile DVR with a 500Gb hard drive and eight-channel, 1TB models. Both four and eight-channel recorders include models with WiFi and/or 3G connectivity capabilities, allowing data to be accessed from the recorder without physically having to go to the vehicle.

The benefits

  • Proof against insurance claims such as ‘crash-for-cash’ scams
  • Protection for drivers who may be wrongly accused
  • Provides irrefutable evidence in the case of accidents and legal proceedings