Posted: September 2021
Working in the agriculture industry is a notoriously hazardous occupation with more deaths and injuries per year than any other sector. In fact, over the last five years the annual average rate for deaths and injuries is 20 times higher than the rest of the industries put together.
The most recent report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the most common cause of fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing was being struck by a moving vehicle and accounted for nearly 32% of deaths.
While these are alarming statistics, the rate of fatal injury has gradually declined in recent years falling by approximately half since the early 1980s.
Blind spots are a common problem for agricultural vehicles just like they are for other large vehicles, such as HGVs. Operator visibility is frequently impaired, even in modern machinery which has been designed to offer maximum efficiency in order to increase yield and productivity.
Our state-of-the-art camera systems, radar obstacle detection, reversing and warning alarms and vehicle CCTV have helped to transform farming safety for customers all over the world. For example, Brigade’s Backeye®360 camera monitor systems use four cameras to create one bird’s-eye image of the area surrounding an agricultural vehicle. Drivers can monitor the camera picture in real time, helping them with manoeuvres without having to check multiple mirrors.
Our Radar On-Screen Display (OSD) integrates up to two sensors and a camera. The on-screen display warns the driver of obstacles in the danger zone by overlaying 5-stage audible and visual radar data onto the camera image on the monitor. Our Radar IP69K Water and Dust Proof Display has a 5-stage adjustable audible and visual distance warning display. It works in all terrains and weather conditions making it suitable for vehicles with external cabs or those exposed to the elements.
One company that has benefited from fitting Brigade’s safety devices is grape harvester Gregoire. Its fleet of harvesters became the first in the wine industry to include an integrated camera system that eliminates blind spots around the entire vehicle.
Gregoire fitted Brigade’s best-selling Backeye®360 and Radar On-Screen Display allowing drivers to tend to their work in complete confidence and ensuring ground workers would be protected from harm.
Brigade’s products are a superb safety choice for machines while being driven on farmland or while they are in use on public roads.