Utility

Utility

Safety in the Utility Industry

In the utility industry a large portion of time is spent in a vehicle going to and from a job site.  Driver safety is a big concern.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of fatalities in the workplace.  Vehicle crashes not only endanger the lives of employees and others on the road, but they can also cause considerable financial strain on the company that is involved.

The utility industry faces several challenges in vehicle safety.  Utility vehicles and machinery come in all shapes and sizes.  Operating on public highways, city streets, or rural back roads can be tricky even in the best weather conditions.  Now imagine trying to operate the vehicle and in the middle of a storm.  It’s raining so hard visibility is slim to none.

 

Brigade’s safety solutions provide the information needed for the driver to process the images on the monitor and signals in real time, so they can react with confidence.  Avoiding accidents are vital to a company’s operation and reputation.

Utility vehicles operate in a range of environments and therefore require a range of devices to keep them safe. Brigade’s solutions meet many legislative health and safety requirements. They can help to eliminate blind spots, prevent costly vehicle damage and, more importantly, save lives

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 Utility Industry

Incidents and problems in the utility industry include:

  • Accidents due to low visibility because of harsh weather conditions
  • Distracted driving
  • Blind spots created by large vehicle body style
  • Damage to vehicle when maneuvering in tight spaces
  • Reversing accidents due to pedestrians no seeing moving vehicle

How Brigade Can Help

By investing in Brigade’s safety solutions you can improve worker and public safety plus achieve significant cost savings for your business. Benefits include:

• All-round visibility
• Reduced accidents, fatalities and injury
• Increased productivity
• Reduced crop damage
• Reduced machine downtime
• Meeting health and safety requirements
• Peace of mind for management and workers

Safety Solutions for Utility Machines

  • 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. Eg. To check the depth of the harvesting fork. 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 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.
  • 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.